Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral set for Friday with Ross Kemp giving eulogy

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Barbara Windsor attends the inauguration of the Hackney Empire Walk Of Fame on May 25, 2017 in London, England. The EastEnders and Carry On films actress has been included in a 'recognition plate' on Hackney Empire's pavement together with Frank Matcham and Sir Oswald Stoll.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral is to take place this week. (Getty Images)

Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral is reportedly set to take place on Friday, 8 January with limited mourners in attendance.

The star of EastEnders and the Carry On films died in December aged 83, following a six-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Former EastEnders co-star Ross Kemp – who played her on-screen son Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap – will give a eulogy at the service at Golders Green Crematorium in London on Friday afternoon, according to The Sun newspaper.

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Due to lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic just 30 mourners will be permitted to attend and pay their respects to the late Dame Barbara.

Watch: Ross Kemp reveals emotional final conversation with Barbara Windsor

Christopher Biggins confirmed last month that he would be speaking at the event.

Speaking on Steph's Packed Lunch, he said: "I'm very honoured because you can only have 30 people at the funeral and I am one of the speakers.

Ross Kemp will speak at Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral. (Getty Images)
Ross Kemp will speak at Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral. (Getty Images)

"Anna Karen is speaking about her early life, I'm speaking about the middle part of her life, and Ross [Kemp] from EastEnders is talking about that part of her life.

"It will be very, very sad. I wish there was a way that we could record it so people can watch it online."

He added: "It's going to be a terrible day, it's in January but we're all there for [Dame Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell] and for her. She was very special."

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Barbara Windsor (R) and Christopher Biggins perform during the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala at The Savoy Hotel on October 15, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Dame Barbara Windsor and Christopher Biggins perform on stage together in 2015. (Getty Images)

Mitchell recently said he is “overwhelmed” by generous donations from fans to fund Alzheimer’s disease research after he set up a JustGiving page to honour her memory.

Over £138,000 of charity fundraising has been made in tribute to his late wife, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

Mitchell said: "I have been completely overwhelmed by the response from Barbara’s fans, friends and former colleagues.

British actress Barbra Windsor waves at the media as she arrives with her husband Scott Mitchell, in Downing Street, London, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, to promote Dementia Care. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Dame Barbra Windsor with her husband Scott Mitchell in September 2019. (AP)

"This outpouring of support has filled me with pride and been a huge comfort to me. It just shows how loved, respected and adored my Barbara was. That’s magical."

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Windsor and Mitchell worked with Alzheimer’s Research UK to raise funds and awareness of the condition after she went public with her diagnosis in 2018.

The EastEnders star passed away on 10 December aged 83, with many of her former co-stars paying tribute to her career and their friendships with her.

Kemp called for a “Barbara Tax” in the days after her death to help pay for research into a cure for dementia.

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