Carry On and EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor explains to Radio Times why she agreed to let the BBC tell her life story
Although I’d been approached a couple of times in the past about my life story being done, it had always worried me. But [Babs writer] 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. All our pasts shape who we are, for better or worse, but we have to own it and be honest about who we are.
There’d be no point in me remembering an idyllic home life as a child with two parents who adored each other and pretend we were The Waltons, because my reality was that Mummy and Daddy were not right for each other and often it felt like a turbulent environment.
That said, there could also be times of joy and they both taught me some invaluable lessons I’ve carried through my life. I want people to see the real me and how I came through the ranks of our business and the events that made me who I am today.
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. But I’m proud to say I’ve always been honest about who I am and what I’ve done.