Barbara Windsor honoured with lifetime achievement award

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Barbara Windsor who plays Peggy

Barbara Windsor

Former 'EastEnders' actress Barbara Windsor has been honoured with a lifetime achievement recognition at the Co-Operative Variety Club Awards.

Barbara Windsor has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

The legendary actress - who said goodbye to her 'EastEnders' alter-ago Peggy Mitchell in September after nearly 16 years on the soap - was rewarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness at The Co-Operative Variety Club Awards yesterday (14.11.10).

However, despite being thrilled to be recognised for her acting achievements, the 73-year-old star thought the accolade should have gone to her former 'EastEnders' co-star June Brown.

Barbara said: "It's a special award. I can't believe it. I was talking to June Brown today, Dot Cotton, and she said 'Oh good luck', and I said 'June it should be you' because I'm just excited and I just feel special that they've given it to me."

The actress also admitted while she doesn't miss playing Peggy in the BBC One soap, she misses the sense of "camaraderie" she had with her fellow 'EastEnders' cast members.

She added: "Not so much being Peggy but I've missed that camaraderie. I've missed the girls and the boys.

"I speak to them practically every other day, it's ridiculous, and they'll ring me up asking me things. I went to dinner with a few of them on Friday which was nice."

Elsewhere at the ceremony, 'The X Factor' received the Best Entertainment Award, while E4 teen comedy 'The Inbetweeners' took home the Comedy Award.

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