Barbara Windsor was almost killed by the Kray twins while filming a movie in the 1960s – fr

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Barbara Windsor was almost killed by the Kray twins while filming a movie in the 1960s – fr


Barbara Windsor was once threatened with being killed by the Kray twins while filming a movie in London’s East End in the 1960s.

The actress, who died in December at the age of 83, was shooting scenes for her 1963 film Sparrows Can’t Sing when famous London gangsters showed up.

According to a new BritBox documentary, Secrets Of The Krays, due out Thursday, Ronnie and Reggie Kray threatened to kill the cast and crew of the film because they did not have their “permission to shoot” the film.

Life threatening: Dame Barbara Windsor was once threatened with being killed by the Kray twins while filming a movie in the ’60s (Reggie Kray, right, at a movie premiere with Barbara and her husband Ronnie Knight circa 1969)

According to assistant director Peter Medak, 82, as reported by The Sun, they showed up in a fleet of black limousines on the first day of filming as around five or six men in dark suits stepped out.

He said, “These two guys [Ronnie and Reggie Kray] came and said, “Who gave you permission to shoot here?” Because no one asked us. “

“I said, ‘Obviously the police, because we have permission to film in all the streets of the East End.’ And they said, “Nobody asked us and you might have big problems.

‘I said,’ Like what? And they said, “Like getting killed.” ‘

Crime: New documentary shows Ronnie and Reggie Kray threatened to kill the cast and crew for not having their ‘permission to shoot’ in the East End (photo from 1964)

However, after the producers struck a deal with the Kray twins, the gangsters befriended the cast, including Barbara Windsor, and offered them free drinks.

Peter revealed that they shot scenes from the movie at the Kentucky Club, one of the Krays’ many nightclubs, and that the twins “loved being on set.”

Barbara plays Maggie in the film, the wife of a sailor who returns home after two years at sea to find she is now in chains with a married bus driver and a toddler.

The actress, who died in December at the age of 83, was shooting scenes for her 1963 film Sparrows Can't Sing (pictured on set) when notorious London gangsters showed up.

The actress, who died in December at the age of 83, was shooting scenes for her 1963 film Sparrows Can’t Sing (pictured on set) when notorious London gangsters showed up.

The Carry On star was laid to rest at Golders Green Crematorium in January 2021, following his death from Alzheimer’s disease in December of last year.

Barbara’s friends and family attended the private service in London, with the number of mourners limited to 30 amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Famous for her infectious laughter and striping in the Carry On films, the Shoreditch-born actress known as “Babs” has boasted of a 66-year career in showbiz, appearing on stage at the age 13 before retiring four years ago at age 79.

As dementia took its toll, Dame Barbara was forced to stop playing the dreaded landlord Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders.

Sadly missed: EastEnders legend died in December 2020 following battle with Alzheimer's disease

Sadly missed: EastEnders legend died in December 2020 following battle with Alzheimer’s disease

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