Dame Barbara Windsor Takes Top Prize At TV Choice Awards

TV Choice Awards 2016 - London
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Dame Barbara Windsor has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to television.

The former EastEnders star, who turns 80 next year, was among a host of stars at Monday evening’s TV Choice awards.

Accepting her award, she told the audience she had been a “lucky little lady” when the soap came along, describing the show as an important part of her long career.

She added: “It was exactly what I wanted. I was so grateful.

“It’s wonderful to walk along the street and have them go: ‘Hello Peggy, how are you?'”

Dame Barbara began playing the role of Peggy Mitchell in the series in 1994.

Her final episodes as Peggy were shown earlier this year, with the character killing herself after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Other winners included Emmerdale (best soap), Downton Abbey (best drama series) and Tom Hiddleston (best actor), who accepted his award by video from Australia, where he is filming Thor.

Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire won best actress, Doctor Foster was named best new drama and Mary Berry collected the prize for best talent show for The Great British Bake Off.

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