Barbara Windsor has responded to claims that she is an “unlikely dame” following her inclusion in the New Year’s Honours List.
Dame Barbara, 78, addressed the criticism the honour has received from some media outlets and members of the public in an interview with Sky News.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, after everyone being lovely and congratulating you, somebody says, ‘Ooh Barbara Windsor’.
“They start pulling out a whole list of things, because I was honest in my book, a whole page of things and that kind of knocks you, saying, ‘Why would that go to her, why?’.
“I just thought, ‘Why do you want to rain on my parade? Why do you want to do that’, but then I forget that’s what it’s all about.” – Barbara Windsor
The veteran actress, best known for a fourteen year stint as EastEnders‘ Peggy Mitchell and the saucy Carry On movie franchise, has been recognised for services to charity and entertainment. She is an ambassador for Age UK, patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and the face of the British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.
The New Year’s Honours list also includes celebrated Welsh actress Sian Phillips who has been made a dame; three-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton who receives a CBE, OBEs for actors Idris Elba, David Oyelowo and James Nesbitt, sports presenter Sue Barker, champion snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan and Blur singer Damon Albarn and a knighthood for champion jockey Tony McCoy.