Who is Barbara Windsor’s ex-husband Ronnie Knight? – The Sun

Iconic actress Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014.

The star has been married three times. Here we look at the life and crimes of her first husband Ronnie Knight – an associate of the notorious Kray twins.

Who is Ronnie Knight?

Ronnie Knight was married to Barbara Windsor for 22 years.

During their tumultuous relationship, both parties were rumoured to be having affairs.

Many also viewed Ronnie as a “gangster” due to his friendship with the Krays.

In 1983, almost £6million was stolen from a Security Express depot in Shoreditch, East London.

After a decade on the run in the Costa Del Sol, Ronnie Knight was finally jailed for his part in the crime.

Although Knight denied taking part in the robbery, he was charged after he admitted to handling some of the proceeds.

What was 'Babs'?

Babs was a BBC biopic film about the life of British actress Barbara Windsor.

The story chronicled her life and career from 1943 through to 1993 and was told as a retrospective through the eyes of Babs as she waits to perform at a theatre.

As she contemplates her lonely childhood and WWII evacuation, she will remember her decision to go from Barbara Ann Deeks to Barbara Windsor – inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

It also tells the tale of her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films.

This one-off show aired Sunday, May 7, 2017 and now will get a repeat on August 18 2020 on BBC One.

Who played Ronnie Knight in Babs?

British actor Luke Allen-Gale landed the role of Ronnie Knight in the new BBC show.

You may recognise the actor from his parts in apocalyptic series Dominion and ITV medical drama Monroe.

Luke can also be spotted in the cast of The Borgias, Endeavour, Ripper Street, Death in Paradise and Midsomer Murders.

The part of Barbara Windsor was played by three different actresses, including Jaime Winstone who looked the spitting image of the soap star.

How is Barbara Windsor's health?

On April 10, 2018 it was confirmed that the Carry On legend had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

The 83-year-old has reportedly been ­taking medication to help manage the degenerative brain disease, but in recent weeks her symptoms of memory loss and confusion have grown steadily worse.

Her current husband Scott Mitchell revealed the details of her condition in an exclusive, unpaid interview with the Sun.


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