Barbara Windsor - who bowed out of EastEnders this year after 16 years as Peggy Mitchell - has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to showbusiness.
The 73-year-old star was rewarded for her achievements at the The Co-operative Variety Club Showbiz Awards.
Barbara said: "The Variety Club, they are fantastic they've been going forever, absolutely forever and they always raise a lot of money, they're terrific.
"It's a special award, it's the Bernard Delfont Award, and fortunately I worked for him and he's a great boss. I can't believe it."
The bubbly blonde, who said farewell to Albert Square in September, was given her award for her outstanding contribution by theatrical producer Bill Kenwright.
The pair worked together almost 40 years ago during Barbara's first flush of fame as a Carry On star, when Kenwright appeared as a reporter in Carry On Matron.
Stars gathered at London's Grosvenor House Hotel to see the winners awarded their prizes where other big winners included TV talent show The X Factor which triumphed over hit rival Strictly Come Dancing to collect the best entertainment prize.
Chart act N-Dubz won the recording artist of the year title, and Sheridan Smith was given the musical theatre award for her starring role in hit West End musical Legally Blonde.
The event, presented by comedian Justin Lee Collins, also saw two generations of the same family collecting trophies.
Screen hardman Ray Winstone was given the prize for film actor of the year, while his daughter Jaime collected the outstanding British film award for Made In Dagenham, in which she starred.