Barbara Windsor.

Barbara Windsor Celebrates...

BBC Radio 2 factual series in which Barbara Windsor looks at careers. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Features Barbara Windsor.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Dora Bryan

Barbara Windsor celebrates the life and career of actress Dora Bryan.

Further details

Born Dora May Broadbent, Dora Bryan came from Oldham and her acting career began in pantomime when she was 12. Dora joined the Oldham Rep, changed her name and during the war joined ENSA in Italy to entertain British troops. Back in post-war London, she began to get dramatic roles in plays and films including Carry on Seargent.

In 1961, Dora appeared in the award-winning film, A Taste of Honey, winning the BAFTA for Best Actress. Throughout her career she often appeared in musicals such as Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1962) and Hello, Dolly! (1966-68). She made her Broadway debut as Mrs. Pierce in Pygmalion (1987) and other notable credits include her first Shakespearean role, Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor (1984), Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops To Conquer (1985) and Carlotta Campion (singing I'm Still Here) in the 1987 London production of Follies.

In 1999, she made an appearance in Dinnerladies and in 2000 she joined the cast of Last Of The Summer Wine. In 2001, she was a guest star on Absolutely Fabulous. Dora passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.

New interviews in the programme include Paul O'Grady, sons William Lawton and Daniel Lawton, Richard Mawbey, agent Barry Burnett, Russell Davies, Johnny Mans, Last Of The Summer Wine director Alan J.W. Bell, and, from the archive, Dora herself.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 17th January 2017
BBC Radio 2
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Barbara Windsor Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Russell Davies Self
Paul O'Grady Self
William Lawton Self
Daniel Lawton Self
Richard Mawbey Self
Barry Burnett Self
Johnny Mans Self
Alan J. W. Bell Self
Dora Bryan Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Graham Pass Producer