Barbara Windsor LIVE – Boris Johnson leads tributes as EastEnders star dies with husband Scott Mitchell at her side

BARBARA'S Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell has led tributes to the Carry On and EastEnders legend after she died age 83.

The star, known to millions of Brits as 'Babs', passed away at 8.35pm last night at a London care home with Scott by her side until the very end.

In a moving tribute, he called her his "precious Bar" and said: "I've lost my wife, my best friend and soul mate."

Boris Johnson also paid tribute to Barbara Windsor – and highlighted her years of campaigning for the "lonely and vulnerable".

The PM wrote: "So sad about Barbara Windsor, so much more than a great pub landlady & Carry On star.

"She campaigned for the lonely and the vulnerable – and cheered the world up with her own British brand of harmless sauciness & innocent scandal. Thoughts with Scott and all her family & friends."

Follow our Barbara Windsor live blog below for the latest updates and tributes….

  • Dan Keane

    JOAN COLLINS TRIBUTE

    Dame Joan Collins – who starred in American soap Dynasty throughout the 1980s – wrote on Instagram: "Show business has lost a legend.

    "Barbara Windsor: You will be missed. #ripbarbarawindsor"

  • Dan Keane

    MORE FAMOUS BABS QUOTES

    • On her long career: "I've been incredibly lucky. I've worked in two iconic shows, Carry On and EastEnders. If it all ended tomorrow – and it could – I'd just be terribly grateful."
    • To Prime Minister Boris Johnson after a meeting about dementia funding: "Can I have a kiss?"
    • On her departure from EastEnders in 2016: "I have had the most wonderful time on EastEnders and I will miss you all. The show has changed my life and I want you all to continue the good work, because I'll be at home watching you."

     

    BABS' MOST MEMORABLE QUOTES

    Dame Barbara Windsor's quotes became widely known across the UK.

    We list some of her best in the next two posts.

    • Peggy Mitchell's famous catchphrase on EastEnders: "Get outta my pub!"
    • On growing old in the film and TV industry: "The beautiful thing is that ageism just doesn't exist on EastEnders. The show saved me."
    • To Larry Lamb, who played her love interest on EastEnders, after he remarked on her diminutive height: "You are tall, never mind darling, we're all the same height lying down."
    • Dan Keane

      'CRACKING ACTRESS'

      Lorraine Kelly has paid tribute to "cracking actress" Dame Barbara Windsor.

      She says: "It wasn’t unexpected but still so very hard to hear the news of  Dame Barbara Windsor’s death.

      "She lived with dementia with such dignity, campaigning to raise funds  and awareness almost right up until the end.

      "She was so kind to her fans, always stopping for a chat, a quick photo and a giggle. 

      "Barbara was also a cracking actress, who could handle comedy and drama with ease and aplomb."

    • Dan Keane

      'LITTLE LADY, BIG PRESENCE'

      Diane Parish, who played Denise Fox in EastEnders, paid tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor in a statement: "Our dearest friend and colleague has passed and left a hole, not only on our screens, but in our nation that cannot be filled.

      "I will remember her kindness and of course laughter.

      "She made the special effort to spend time and say something meaningful to each and every person the last time we saw her at work. So sorry for her loss for you Scott.

      "Little lady, Big presence. Sleep in peace Bar."

    • Dan Keane

      ENDERS TRIBUTE

      EastEnders has paid tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor.

      "We are all deeply saddened that that we've lost our Dame," a spokeswoman for the soap said in a statement.

      "From the moment Barbara stepped foot in Walford she created an icon in Peggy Mitchell, our formidable Landlady, who the audience instantly fell in love with.

      "But to all of us at EastEnders, she was our dearest friend who was truly loved and adored by everyone. Our thoughts go out to Scott and Barbara's family. Rest in peace Dame Barbara Windsor, MBE."

    • Dan Keane

      DAME BARBARA'S HUSBAND PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'SOULMATE'

      Dame Barbara Windsor's husband has paid tribute to his "wife, best friend and soulmate" saying his "heart or life will never feel the same without you" following her death aged 83.

      Scott Mitchell said: "Her passing was from Alzheimer's/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

      "Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

      "Barbara's final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end."

    • Dan Keane

      DANNIELLA WESTBROOK: 'WE LOST A LEGEND'

      Danniella Westbrook, 47, who played Peggy’s daughter Sam, wrote on Twitter: “Today we lost a legend a national treasure and a woman who I looked up to for most of my life.

      “A generous, warm, funny humble and beautiful lady and someone who gave us all much joy watching her act.

      “A woman who I was lucky enough to work with for many years as my mum and a loyal friend. The brightest of all stars will now shine above us instead of among us.”

    • Dan Keane

      STARMERS SAYS BABS WAS 'NATIONAL TREASURE'

      Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer paid tribute this morning, tweeting: "Barbara Windsor was a national treasure and her death is a huge loss.

      "Her acting brought a smile to people across Britain and she showed incredible courage after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

      "The country's thoughts are with Scott and the family."

    • Dan Keane

      BORIS PAYS TRIBUTE TO BABS' CAMPAIGNING

      Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Barbara Windsor – and highlighted her years of campaigning for the "lonely and vulnerable".

      The PM wrote: "So sad about Barbara Windsor, so much more than a great pub landlady & Carry On star.

      "She campaigned for the lonely and the vulnerable – and cheered the world up with her own British brand of harmless sauciness & innocent scandal.

      "Thoughts with Scott and all her family & friends."

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    • Dan Keane

      OTHER ENDERS STARS PAY TRIBUTE

      EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt paid tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor.

      "I grew up watching 'Babs' in the Carry On films, and for me to then work with her was a privilege and honour," the actor, who plays Ian Beale in the soap, said.

      "I have so many happy memories and moments that I will always cherish, even when Peggy floored Ian with a punch.

      "My thoughts are with her amazing husband Scott, her family and friends. Rest in Peace Barbara xxxx," he said in a statement.

    • Dan Keane

      DANNY DYER: 'YOU WAS A BEAUTIFUL RARE ONE'

      Fellow EastEnders legend Danny Dyer has posted a heartfelt tribute to Barbara on Instagram.

      Alongside a picture of the two of them smiling together, he wrote: "Rest in Peace Babs.

      "There is only one Dame in my eyes. So grateful to have known ya.

      "You was a beautiful rare one."

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      PIERS: 'SHE WAS A FABULOUS ACTRESS'

      Piers Morgan interviewed Barbara for his Life Stories programme, and was upset to learn of the loss.

      He wrote: "What bloody sad news to wake up to… Barbara Windsor was the funniest, warmest, naughtiest, kindest & most big-hearted of people.

      "She was also a fabulous actress with the world’s most infectious giggle. Absolutely loved her. RIP Babs, and thanks for all the laughs."

    • Dan Keane

      DAVID WALLIAMS PAYS TRIBUTE

      David Walliams said he will love Barbara Windsor forever after the acting legend's death.

      He paid tribute to his friend on Instagram, writing: "Goodbye Dame Babs. You were my first love as a child in the Carry On films and I will love you forever.

      "Working with you, spending time with you, and being your friend was the one of the greatest thrills of my life.

      "You were the unofficial Queen of England, an icon for over half a century and treasured by the nation.’ David."

    • John Hall

      'COURAGE AND DIGNITY'

      Scott added: "I will always be immensely proud of Barbara's courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could."

      Mr Mitchell, who alongside his wife campaigned for greater dementia care from the Government, added: "Dementia/Alzheimer's remains the UK's number one killer.

      "Although in challenging times, I urge the Prime Minister, his government and other parties to be true to their previous promises and invest more into dementia/Alzheimer's research and care.

      "Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and carers who are angels at the care home for your kindness and care to Barbara and I throughout her stay with you. You are my heroes.

      "And my gratitude to our family, friends and everyone in the media and the general public for all the good wishes and warm support that has been shown to Barbara over the last few years during her illness. Barbara deeply appreciated that."

    • John Hall

      'PEACEFUL'

      Babs' husband Scott Mitchell told PA: "Her passing was from Alzheimer's/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

      "Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

      "Barbara's final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.

      "It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve.

    • John Hall

      IAN'S AGONY

      Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, shared a photo of him with Dame Barbara said: "I grew up watching Babs in the Carrie On films and for me then to work with her it was a privilege and honour.

      "I have so many happy memories and moments that I will always cherish, even when Peggy floored Ian with a punch," he added.

      Danniella Westbrook, 47, who played Peggy’s daughter Sam, wrote on Twitter: “Today we lost a legend a national treasure and a woman who I looked up to for most of my life.

      “A generous, warm, funny humble and beautiful lady and someone who gave us all much joy watching her act.

    • John Hall

      PHIL'S PAIN

      Dame Barbara made her debut as Peggy in EastEnders in 1994 and soon became one of the small screen's best-loved characters as she yelled at rogue drinkers to "get outta my pub!".

      Her Albert Square co-stars have paid tribute to the their beloved Peggy.

      Steve McFaddon, who played her on-screen son Phil Mitchell, said the news has left him "devastated".

    • John Hall

      'NEVER SEE HER LIKE AGAIN'

      The actress was born as Barbara Deeks to a market stall trader father and dressmaker mother in Shoreditch, London in 1937.

      Her career started on stage aged 13 before moving to films four years later.

      Dame Barbara took the stage name Windsor in 1953 after she was inspired by the Queen's coronation.

      She found fame in the Carry On films where she played good-time girl characters in nine of the bawdy comedies.

      In Carry On Camping, Barbara was voted the nation's favourite and the iconic scene where her bikini top fell off during an exercise class was a defining moment in her career.

      The actress was married three times and in her Swining Sixties heydey she hung around infamous East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kay – and married their associate Ronnie Knight.

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