Barbara Windsor says BBC biopic will be no-holds-barred

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Barbara Windsor has promised that the upcoming BBC biopic of her life will not hold anything back.

Babs will explore the EastEnders legend's London childhood, her difficult relationship with her father and with her ex-husband Ronnie Knight, as well as her rise to fame with the Carry On series.

It sees Barbara played by Jaime Winstone and Samantha Spiro in her twenties and fifties, respectively, with two younger actresses playing her in her school and teenage years.

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The biopic is not the first time someone has wanted to tell her life story, but it was former EastEnders writer Tony Jordan who she trusted to make it.

"It had always worried me. But Tony Jordan struck a chord when he said, 'I want to get behind the giggle and the wiggle'. What I wanted was for the story to be true and reflect what my life has been and what moulded me to be the lady I am today," she told Radio Times.

Barbara added that she hopes Babs shows the "real me", as her past "for better or worse" has shaped who she's become.

"It hasn't always been easy and, like most people, my own journey has been full of highs and lows. I've made mistakes and in equal measures had some great successes," she explained. "But I'm proud to say I've always been honest about who I am and what I've done."

Babs airs on BBC One this Sunday (May 7) at 8pm.

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