RYLAN Clark Neal has revealed Barbara Windsor gave him a simple tip that's "kept him working in showbiz for ten years".
The 32-year-old met the late Dame in 2012 while starring on the ninth series of The X Factor.
Six months later he bumped into her in a department store – and she handed him some advice that he's stuck to all these years later.
"I felt a pull on my jumper so turned round and looked down and it was Barbara," Rylan told ITV's Lorraine today.
"She said 'Scott's over there', her lovely husband.
"I went 'oh hello Scott, lovely to meet you'.
"She said 'no, you met him at The X Factor, he was with me that day.'
"I said sorry to Scott and admitted I was all over the place. Barbara said to me right there and then, in such an easy passing comment, 'never nice to meet you, always nice to see you' because you've probably met them before.
"I tell you what I think that's the reason I've been working for ten years.
"It's got me out of a load of scrapes, let me tell you."
The 4ft 10in actress, Babs, died in December aged 83.
The national treasure became known as one of Britain's biggest TV personalities after first rising to fame in the 1960s.
Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014 and made the news public in 2018.
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