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Babs

  • 2017
  • Drama

Summary

Biopic of Barbara Windsor, following the key events of the actress' life over the course of 50 years. The story begins in 1993, with the actress preparing for a stage performance shortly before joining the cast of EastEnders. She looks back to her childhood as a lonely evacuee in the Second World War, her rise to fame in the Carry On films and her difficult relationships with her father and her first husband, gangster Ronnie Knight. Samantha Spiro, Jaime Winstone, Honor Kneafsey and Windsor herself share the lead role.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s 1993 and Barbara Windsor’s career is in the doldrums as she does one-night shows in cheap seaside venues. But the ghosts of her past come crowding in and the years peel away to reveal her younger self…

Tony Jordan’s sympathetic, sentimental biopic is brilliantly acted by Samantha Spiro (as older Babs) and Jaime Winstone, though the conceit – the loved and lost “visit” Barbara in the theatre – takes a while to get going.

Nick Moran is Barbara’s adored dad, a man who turned his back on his daughter after an acrimonious divorce from her mum, but who returns to comment on the various stages of Barbara’s life – her nightclub singing career, her movies and her men, notably that thieving rogue, Ronnie Knight.

Zoë Wanamaker makes every scene count as the mercurial, brilliant, bizarre director Joan Littlewood, and the real Dame Barbara Windsor makes a handful of cameo appearances.

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Cast

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BabsSamantha Spiro
BarbaraJaime Winstone
HerselfBarbara Windsor
Teenage BarbaraHonor Kneafsey
Child BarbaraFlorence Keen
John DeeksNick Moran
Rose DeeksLeanne Best
Ronnie KnightLuke Allen-Gale
Peter CharlesworthAlex Macqueen
Scott MitchellCharlie Archer
Joan LittlewoodZoe Wanamaker
Brian MickeyNathan Harmer
Aida FosterMarty Cruickshank
Johnny BrandonLewis Kirk
Peter NobleJonathan Rhodes
Monsieur VincentLaurent Maurel
Ronnie ScottRoss Green
Slim CattanJacob Krichefski
CliffJames Atherton
NeilTodd Von Joel
StanDean Roberts
Jayne MansfieldJerry-Jane Pears
Lionel BartDaniel Ben Zenou
ChuckLewis Maiella
Charlie KrayToby Wharton
Ronnie Kray/Reggie KrayRob Compton
Gerald ThomasNicholas Asbury
Kenneth WilliamsRobin Sebastian
Bernard CribbinsRob Hughes
Warren BeattyTom Forbes
Shepard ColemanJoe Stilgoe
Julie DeeksJulia Ford
ProducerPeter Hamilton Dyer
Rosie's lawyerMatthew Bates
Divorce judgeRobert East
Wardrobe mistressCally Lawrence
Shoe Shop ManageressSue Elliott-Nicholls
Woman in shoe shopHannah Hutch
Man in shoe shopTom Machell
Jayne's assistantRebecca Lee
Young actressNicola Munns
Hat girlRose Robinson

Crew

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DirectorDominic Leclerc
ProducerJules Hussey
WriterTony Jordan

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