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Bafta viewers were left in tears last night as the show paid tribute to stars including Helen McCrory, Paul Ritter and Nikki Grahame.

The BBC awards show aired an emotional In Memoriam section featuring various television personalities who have passed away in the last year.

But fans were less than impressed that EastEnders legend Dame Barbara Windsor was left off the list.

One asked: "Did I miss it or did the @BBC just miss off the late Dame Barbara Windsor when paying tribute to those who we have lost this past year on the @BAFTA’s?

"If so, that’s pretty shocking considering she was one of the best actresses the BBC has ever had!" they added.

Barbara Windsor, who died in December 2020, was left off the TV Bafta's In Memoriam section
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Another wrote: "where the hell was barbara windsor ????#VirginMediaBAFTAs."

Dame Barbara Windsor died on December 10 last year aged 83 from Alzheimer’s but was omitted from this year’s remembrance list.

One of the biggest names to feature in BAFTA’s tribute montage was Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory who died aged 52 following a secret battle with cancer.

Her husband actor Damian Lewis revealed the tragic news in April in a statement which said: “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.

Helen McCrory was remembered at the TV Baftas
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“She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives.”

The same month Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter died from a brain tumour aged 54.

His agent said the actor, who also starred in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side.

Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter was also celebrated after his passing

Big Brother legend Nikki Grahame, who shot to fame in the 2006 series, was also honoured following her death on April 9.

She passed away aged just 38 after a lifelong struggle with anorexia.

Friends of the reality TV star, including ex-boyfriend and Big Brother co-star Pete Bennett, had desperately tried to save her and helped raise over £69,000 for treatment in a private clinic.

Pete said: "I knew Nikki was ill in the last lockdown, she told me not to say and she was getting care. But she rang me up like, 'Pete I'm ill, come and get me from the clinic' and I was busy at the time.

Nikki Grahame was lovingly remembered by the awards show
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"But then this second lockdown happens and I remember seeing that fundraiser and I was like 'my god she's really really ill man', so I was in London at the time and I just got in the cab and went over there with my girlfriend who's a mental health nurse, and we just tried to give her as much love and support.

“And because it's me, and me and Nikki had a great connection, so I thought the love that I had could boost her up and out of the darkness. This lockdown has been really hard for people with mental health issues, this has really highlighted it."

Halfway through last night’s show, BAFTA host Richard Ayoade told people watching at home it was “time to pause, reflect and remember those we have sadly lost”.

Game Of Thrones legend Diana Rigg was remembered by the Bafta organisers
(Image: BBC)

Other stars to have passed away in the last 12 months include Des O’Connor OBE, Dame Diana Rigg, Murray Walker OBE and former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs MBE.

Viewers took to Twitter shortly after the emotional segment was shown to say they were in tears.

One wrote: “Sat here crying after the remembrance part of the BAFTAs, Diana Rigg, Nikki Grahame and Helen McCrory was just too much for my little heart to handle.”

“The tribute to those that have passed included Nikki Grahame, that got me…,” another added.