Published On: Sun, Aug 6th, 2017

Barbara Windsor is 80 today: The truth about THAT topless Carry On scene 'I was terrified'


After more than six decades in the public eye as a beloved star of stage and screen (big and small) there is still one scene that everyone remembers.

The legendary Eastenders and Carry On star celebrates her 80th birthday this weekend on August 6 and remains as popular as ever.

In this remarkable and candid interview she talks freely about the Carry On Camping moment that sealed her fame, reveals the drama while shooting the scene and the cheap tricks used by the producers to save money.

The actress was talking at the Bradford International Film Festival where she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to cinema.

1969’s Carry On Camping is most famous for the outrageous moment when Windor’s bikini flies off in the middle of an exercise class. The bubbly star revealed that nothing was as it seems.

She said: “We made all those films in the winter. It was pouring with rain. They got a field in the back so they didn’t have to pay Pinewood Studios. They painted the ground green. They put leaves on the trees.”

She recalled her shock and fear when she read the script and released she would be going topless in the iconic scene.

Windor said: “I was so terrified… You weren’t allowed to show your boobs.

“They got the fishing rod and put it there and he (the prop man) had to pull it. Of course, it didn’t come off. I went right down into the mud.”

Windsor pointed out these days everyone would be concerned and check if she was OK. Instead she recalls what happened.

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She told the audience: “These were the exact words; ‘Pick her up. Rub her down, get the mud off. We have to go again.’”

Unfortunately, the next time she accidentally revealed far more than intended.

Windsor said she had thought the second time went well until there was a furious cry from the director, Gerald Thomas.

The actress recalled he shouted at her: “You’ve gone and shown your right t*t. The censor won’t pass that. We’ll have to do it again.”

Windsor added: “So I did it three times and the third one was perfect. When they took it to the censor, John Trevellyan, he said, ‘Well, I don’t think Miss Windsor’s right boob is going to corrupt the nation, I’ll pass it.’

“So that’s how I got famous for it.” 


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