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Joanna Lumley

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Lumley in 2014
Joanna Lamond Lumley

1 May 1946 (1946-05-01) (age 75)
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, model, author
Years active 1967–present
  • Jeremy Lloyd
    (m. 1970; div. 1970)
  • Stephen Barlow
    (m. 1986)
Partner(s) Michael Claydon (1960s)
Children 1; with Claydon

Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE, FRGS (born 1 May 1946) is an English actress, former model, author 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 La Bête. In 2013, she received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards and in 2017, she was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship award.

Lumley's other television credits include The New Avengers (1976–77), Sapphire & Steel (1979–82), Sensitive Skin (2005–07), and Jam & Jerusalem (2006–08). Her film appearances include On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Ella Enchanted (2004), Corpse Bride (2005), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).

Lumley is an advocate and human rights activist for Survival International and the Gurkha Justice Campaign. She supports charities and animal welfare groups, such as Compassion in World Farming and Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals. She is also patron of the Farm Animal Sanctuary. She is also known as 'daughter of Nepal' in Nepal

Early life

Joanna Lamond Lumley was born on 1 May 1946 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, British India, to English parents Thyra Beatrice Rose (née Weir) and Major James Rutherford Lumley, an officer in the British Indian Army's 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles.

Lumley was brought up in Kent, England, where she attended Mickledene School in Rolvenden as a boarder. The family spent time in Hong Kong and Malaya (now Malaysia). Lumley was educated at The Convent of Our Lady School in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, and afterwards attended the Lucie Clayton Finishing School, after being turned down by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 16.

Personal life

Joanna Lumley 2010

Lumley's son, James, was born in 1967. James Lumley's father is the photographer Michael Claydon. Lumley was briefly married to actor Jeremy Lloyd during 1970. In 1986, she married the conductor Stephen Barlow; they live in London. They also own a house near the village of Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.

Lumley was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1995 New Year Honours. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon. D.Litt.) by the University of Kent in July 1994. In 2002, she was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon. D.Litt.) from the University of St. Andrews. and in July 2008, she was also awarded an honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv) from Queen's University Belfast.

Lumley supports charities including Suffolk Family Carers, Child Rescue Nepal and Kids for Kids. She has been a vegetarian for 40 years,. She has donated books to Book Aid International. She is patron of the Born Free Foundation and passionate about the Free Tibet campaign.

Other charities supported include Mind, ActionAid, SANE, Kidasha (formerly CWS) which works on behalf of children in Nepal, and the Spike Milligan statue memorial fund, based in Finchley, north London. In 2017, Lumley became a Patron of the Finchley Society.

In August 2015, Lumley backed children's fairytales app "GivingTales" in aid of UNICEF together with other celebrities including Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, David Walliams, Charlotte Rampling, Paul McKenna and Michael Ball.

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