Dame Joanna Lumley DBE

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Actress & Campaigner

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Joanna has starred in hit TV series and movies from Ab Fab to The Wolf Of Wall Street. Since fighting for Gurkhas’ rights and searching for Noah’s Ark, Joanna has revived Patsy and explored the magic of Japan, India and Britain for ITV.


Joanna Lumley is one of Britain’s favourite actresses.

Her early films include Some Girls Do, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and two Pink Panther comedies. She made early television appearances on General Hospital and Coronation Street, before becoming immortalised as Purdy in The New Avengers.

However it was Joanna’s BAFTA award-winning role as the chain-smoking Patsy in the award-winning Absolutely Fabulous which brought her renewed fame: the series proving itself one of the classic sitcoms of British television. She later appeared in Jam and Jerusalem, penned by French and Saunders.

Since Ab Fab Joanna has also acted in Class Act, Cold Comfort Farm and Sensitive Skin. She played the over-the-hill star of a daytime TV hospital drama in Dr Willoughby and was nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA for her role in A Rather English Marriage. Recently she’s covered both ends of an acting spectrum appearing in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed The Wolf of Wall Street and also as The Queen in the adaptation of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny.

Joanna is known for her support for Gurkhas, the exiled Tibetan people and government, the Kondha indigenous people of India, and the Prospect Burma charity which offers grants to Burmese students. In 2008 she became the public face of a campaign to provide all Gurkha veterans who served in the British Army before 1997 the right to settle in Britain.

She made the documentary In the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, in which she charted the journey her grandparents made in the little-known country of Bhutan, and the BBC special Girl Friday where she tried her hand at surviving on a desert island - she wrote an accompanying book about her experiences. Since she has been on many adventures with ITV following the Silk Road, discovering the magic of Japan and India and uncovering the secrets of European cities. 

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