Jaime Winstone & Samantha Spiro To Play Babs In Biopic

BBC One has announced that Jaime Winstone (Dead Set) and Samantha Spiro (London Spy) will play Barbara Windsor alongside two child actors in the forthcoming biopic, Babs, written by Tony Jordan (Hustle). Dame Barbara herself will also make a cameo appearance.

Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, Babs takes us on a journey from 1943 to 1993 as she contemplates her lonely childhood and WW2 evacuation, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriages, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood, and becoming the blonde bombshell of the Carry On films.

Jaime Winstone, who will play Barbara aged 20-30 years old, says: “It is a complete honour to play Dame Barbara Windsor… I have always been a huge fan of Barbara and to be able to play her throughout this stage in her life is gonna be very special. I can’t wait to start filming.”

Meanwhile, ‘mid-fifties’ Babs is to be portrayed by Samantha Spiro, who also played Barbara in the 1998 stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. She says: “It’s absolutely thrilling to be playing Barbara again. Tony Jordan has written a beautiful celebration of her life, but it’s not your usual biopic, lots of surprises!”

Babs is said to be entering into production imminently and will air on BBC One in 2017.