Joanna Lumley Birthday: May 1, 1946 Birth Place: Srinagar, Kashmir, India Height: 0' 0"
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The daughter of a high-born British military major, actress Joanna Lumley was a model before entering films with 1968's Some Girls Do. In 1976, she took on the Diana Rigg-like female lead on the British TV action series The New Avengers, costarring Patrick MacNee of the old Avengers. Joanna also costarred in two of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther movies of the '80s. Thoroughly jettisoning her previous cool-glamour image, Joanna Lumley costarred with Jennifer Saunders in the 1993 British TV sitcom Absolutely Fabulous as a pair of boozing, bawdy functionaries in the '90s fashion world (the series was picked up by the American cable network Comedy Central in 1994). So popular was Ms. Lumley's characterization of potty-mouthed, cheap-thrill-seeking Patsy that, shortly after the premiere of Absolutely Fabulous, she was being imitated in TV commercials by comic actor John Cleese!
After Joanna failed her RADA audition she went into modelling. She was told she was "Too fat and too ugly" !!
Has one son, James (Jamie) Lumley, born in 1967, from a relationship with photographer Michael Claydon.
Received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1994 from Kent University in Canterbury "for her contribution to the entertainment industry and her active charitable work."
Her Grandfather was Colonel Leslie Weir CIE, a political officer of the British Raj in India (were she was born). Joanna recreated the trip he and his wife made in 1931 to the King of Bhutan in "Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunderdragon" (1997).
Has an honorary degree From Oxford Brookes University.