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FUNNYMAN David Walliams might have been married to a supermodel, but he’s now revealed his childhood crush on Dame Barbara Windsor.
The Little Britain comic – who was married to model Lara Stone for five years – became fast friends with 'Enders legend Babs and her widower Scott in the early noughties.
Ahead of a Q&A on Monday to launch Scott’s new memoir By Your Side: My Life Loving Barbara Windsor, David said: “Barbara was my first crush as a boy.
“I never dreamed that one day I would meet her and we would become friends.”
David was one of 30 mourners at her funeral last year after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's.
The 4ft 10in national treasure passed away "peacefully" aged 83 at a London care home with Scott by her side.
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Now David says he and Scott are ready to get on stage and remember Babs with some amusing anecdotes.
He said: “I always thought of Barbara as the unofficial Queen of England.
“She was so famous, so loved, and she did so much good.
“Now time has passed since she left it is the right moment to tell all her funny stories.”
He added: “Being with her was like being on a royal walkabout.
“If you entered a restaurant, everyone would turn around to stare and she would greet all these strangers like long lost friends.
“Barbara made everyone happy who she met.
“Then I would be able to quiz her all night about the Carry On films which have been an obsession of mine since childhood.”
The event – on Monday 10 at New Wimbledon Theatre – will be held in partnership with Alzheimer's Research UK.
The actress raised money for the charity after her diagnosis – and after her death fans raised £160,000 in donations.
David lauded her efforts: “I think she was incredibly brave to be so open about her condition.
“Anyone who has been close to someone with Alzheimer’s or is suffering from it knows how distressing it can be.
“I think she stopped it being such a difficult subject to talk about.
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“She spoke to the Prime Minister about funding and raised a huge amount of money. A superstar to the end.”
Buy tickets here and read an exclusive interview with Scott, only in The Sun tomorrow – and bombshell extracts from his book in The Sun on Saturday.
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