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Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley

Dame Joanna Lamond Lumley (born 1 May 1946) is an English actress, presenter, former model, author, television producer, and activist. She won two BAFTA TV Awards for her role as Patsy Stone in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), and was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the Broadway revival of...

Lumley spent three years as a photographic model, notably for Brian Duffy, who photographed her with her son, born in 1967. Also that year she appeared on the BBC2 programme The Impresarios: For Appearance's Sake, explaining Duffy's studio process and her joy in working with him.[10] She also worked as a house model for Jean Muir. Over forty years later, she participated in another photoshoot – again with her son – for Duffy as part of a retrospective of the photographer's work.[11]

Lumley appeared in an early episode of the Bruce Forsyth Show in 1966. She appeared in a British television advertisement for Nimble Bread first screened in 1969.[12]

Lumley did not receive any formal training at drama school. Her acting career began in 1969 with a small, uncredited role in the film Some Girls Do, and as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld's "Angels of Death".


February 17, 2022
Joanna Lumley | The Independent

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