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Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley began her career as a fashion model before taking up acting. Lumley's most recent theatre appearance was six weeks at the Lyric Theater, Hammersmith in a production of The Letter. Other theatrical credits include Move Over Darling, Private Lives, Noel and Gertie, Hedda Gabler, Blithe Spirit, The Cherry Orchard, the Revenger's Comdey, Who Will I be Tomorrow, Vanilla, In Praise of Rattigan, An Ideal Husband, The End of my Old Cigar, Don't Just Lie There Say Something, Something, and Who Shall I Be Tomorrow? at Greenwich.

Lumley's early television work includes Steptoe and Son, The Persuaders, General Hospital, and Coronation Street. Other television credits include Up the Workers, Darling, The New Avengers, The Weather in the Streets, Mistral's Daughter, The Perfect Hero and Love Joy, Mirror Ball, Up In Town, Dr.Willoughby, Nancherrow, A Rather English Marriage, The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragons, Roseanne as 'Patsy,' and Coming Home. She is probably best known on television for her role as 'Patsy' in the award-winning series Absolutely Fabulous for the BBC.

Lumley's early films include Some Girls Do, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, two Pink Panther films, The Trial of the Pink Panther and The Curse of the Pink Panther, The Satanic Rights of Dracula and Shirley Valentine. Her most recent films include James and the Giant Peach, Innocent Lies, Funny Bones, a television film Cold Comfort Farm, Prince Valiant, Sweeney Todd, Parting Shots, Whispers, Mad Cows, Maybe Baby, and The Cat's Meow.

In 2000, Lumley co-produced a new series entitled The Cazalet Chronicles for the BBC. She has written four books; Stare Back and Smile, (autobiography) Forces Sweethearts, Girl Friday, and The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. She has won such awards as the 1993 and 1995 BAFTA Comedy Performance of the Year for Best Comedy Actress and Top Comedy Personality for her role as 'Patsy' on Absolutely Fabulous. She was also awarded the 2000 BAFTA fellowship award for Avengers and the OBE in the 1995 New Years Honours.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Joanna Lumley Facts

Birth NameJoanna Lamond Lumley
OccupationActress
BirthdayMay 1, 1946 (71)
SignTaurus
BirthplaceSrinagar, Kashmir, India

Selected Filmography

James and the Giant Peach
Absolutely Fabulous the Movie
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It
Road To Peace
Cold Comfort Farm
The Pink Panther Collection
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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