Ross Kemp and Christopher Biggins to speak at Barbara Windsor's funeral
- Bang Showbiz
- 18 December 2020
Christopher Biggins has confirmed Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral in January, and he, Ross Kemp, and Anna Karen are to make eulogies at the service
Ross Kemp, Christopher Biggins and Anna Karen are to speak at Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral in January.
Biggins has will make a speech about the middle part of the late actress' life, after she passed away on December 10, aged 83, following a six-year battle with Alzheimer's, and Barbara's 'EastEnders' son Ross – who played Grant Mitchell – will speak about her time on the BBC One soap. Anna was good friends with Barbara and starred alongside her in 'Carry On Camping', and she reunited with the acting legend in 'EastEnders' when she was cast as Aunt Sal, the sister of Barbara's iconic character Peggy Mitchell.
Biggins said: "I’m very honoured because you can only have 30 people at the funeral, and I am one of the speakers.
"Anna Karen is speaking about her early life, I’m speaking about the middle part of her life and Ross [Kemp] from 'EastEnders' is talking about that part of her life.
"It will be very, very sad. I wish there was a way that we could record it so people can watch it online.
"It’s going to be a terrible day, it’s in January but we’re all there for him and for her. She was very special."
Tributes have been pouring in since her death last week, and Biggins admitted Barbara would've been "thrilled" with the comments.
Speaking on Channel 4 show 'Steph’s Packed Lunch', he added: "Steph, what I have to say to you is – I wish that when we die, all of us – we had 24 hours looking down to hear what people say about us.
"Because Barbara would have been thrilled. I have never seen an outcry of horror from everybody that she died.
"She was the most extraordinary woman and she was a friend of mine for 40 years and she was so special. We went on holiday together and we did shows around the country. We’ve been everywhere. She was extraordinary.
"Her husband Scott is an angel, he’s a saint … he has been fantastic and it has been awful for him because with her condition, I didn’t realise with Alzheimer’s, you forget to eat and you forget to drink so that is how many people die with the condition.
"But he’s [Scott] always been there. Everybody poo-pooed that marriage because they said there was a huge amount of difference between their ages."
'Steph’s Packed Lunch' airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.