Dame Barbara Windsor is best known for her roles in EastEnders and Carry On but now the 80-year-old says she feels ‘too old’ to carry on performing in pantomimes.
The veteran actress, who has been in traditional Christmas plays every year since the age of 13, reveals that she would rather see friends on the stage.
Since requesting that she should be written out of EastEnders last year – after joining in 1994 – the film star revealed it’s tough coming to terms with getting older.
‘My life is different now,’ she admitted.
‘It took me a long time to get used to it because all of a sudden you look at your age and go “Oh, Christ, I’m getting older.”
‘I do like to perform but I don’t do it so much now. I suddenly thought ‘No, I won’t do it now. Let them see me in Carry On films and they’ll still think I’m like that”.’
She added to the Daily Mirror: ‘Christmas isn’t like it used to be. My Christmas used to be panto. From the age of 13 I did panto until I got to EastEnders. I liked all those commitments.
‘I haven’t done it for years but I go and see all my mates in it. I love it. We saw Jessie Wallace who was fantastic.’
Now that her character Peggy Mitchell has been killed off, Barbara joked that she would have a right laugh watching EastEnders on Christmas day with her husband Scott Mitchell.
She quipped: ‘The EastEnders Christmas Special better be good. We’ll be watching it!’
Fans can tune into the Christmas Day special on BBC One at 9pm.
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