Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous.

Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers.

She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd.

Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995.

Television includes:

  • Coronation Street
  • The New Avengers
  • Sapphire and Steel
  • A Rather English Marriage
  • Up In Town

Films include:

  • The Breaking of Bumbo
  • Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Don't Just Lie There, Say Something
  • Funny Bones
  • Games That Lovers Play
  • Innocent Lies
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Mad Cows
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Parting Shots
  • Prince Valiant
  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  • Shirley Valentine
  • Some Girls Do
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Tam Lin
  • Trail of the Pink Panther

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Films include:. Her film work since ER includes Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship with Gabriel Byrne. Television includes:. On stage she has appeared in Kate Robin's Intrigue With Faye, a Lincoln Center production of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, and The Vagina Monologues. Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995. Since her departure, she has worked regularly on stage and screen. The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer, Jeremy Lloyd. She turned down a $27 million offer to stay on the hit show, which would have made her one of the best-paid actresses on television.

However, following her rise to fame, she revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable. Due to audience response, the plot was changed, and she went on to play the role of Nurse Hathaway for six years, winning an Emmy nomination every year she was on the show, and the award itself for her first year's performance. She has specialised in playing upper-class parts, and her distinctive plummy voice has reinforced this. In 1994 she landed a role in the pilot episode of ER, as a character who attempted suicide, despondent over her relationship with George Clooney's character. Her first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers: a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. Her first movie role was as a prostitute looking to go straight, in the Steven Seagal film Out for Justice. Tall, leggy, thin and blonde, she began her acting career as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared on campus in several plays.

Joanna Lumley (born May 1, 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a British actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of the chain smoking, boozing, cocaine-sniffing and other drug-taking sexpot Patsy Stone on the British comedy television show Absolutely Fabulous. She obtained a B.A. Trail of the Pink Panther. As a child, she lived in New York, France and England. Tam Lin. Her father is an advertising writer, and her mother is a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Sweeney Todd. She was born in Spring Valley, New York on June 8, 1966, the youngest of three daughters.

Some Girls Do. Julianna Margulies is an actress whose role on the NBC drama ER brought her recognition and fame. Shirley Valentine. The Satanic Rites of Dracula. Prince Valiant.

Parting Shots. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Mad Cows. James and the Giant Peach.

Innocent Lies. Games That Lovers Play. Funny Bones. Don't Just Lie There, Say Something.

Curse of the Pink Panther. The Breaking of Bumbo. Up In Town. A Rather English Marriage.

Sapphire and Steel. The New Avengers. Coronation Street.

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