Variety, the Children’s Charity, is delighted to announce that Barbara Windsor MBE joined our special list of celebrity friends to recognise their ongoing support of the charity.

The ‘Baked Bean’ of Walford and iconic British actress was officially made a Variety Ambassador at our April Crew Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Variety’s Chief Barker, Keith Andrews, officially bestowed the title of ‘Variety Ambassador’ to Babs, whom attended the dinner alongside her husband, Scott Mitchell. On behalf of Variety, Keith presented the actress with a certificate and special Variety silver pin to thank her for all of her work over the years.

Barbara has enjoyed an illustrious career on both stage and screen, most notably for her roles in the Carry On films, as well as receiving a Tony Award nomination in 1965 for her role in ‘Oh, What A Lovely War!’ on Broadway, and of course, her performances as the Queen Vic landlady, Peggy Mitchell, in Eastenders from 1991 to 2010.

Babs was awarded an MBE in the Millennium Honours List in 2000 and continues to delight audiences with guest roles on television screens, on stage in pantomimes and occassionally stepping in to host the Elaine Page Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 2.

Variety previously had the pleasure of presenting Barbara with an award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness’ at our 2010 Showbiz awards and we were delighted the couple were able to attend our recent Annual Dinner and Ball.

It was wonderful to have both Barbara and Scott with us for the evening and we thank them both for their kindness and generosity, including an unexpected pledge on the evening to sponsor a seat on a VarietySunshine Coach! We look forward to continuing to work together and welcoming both to our gala events.