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Joanna Lumley began her career as a model in the 1960s and started acting in 1968 with small film roles in Some Girls Do and the Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
In 1976 Lumley became a household name playing the sultry Purdey in The New Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee’s John Steed and Gareth Hunt’s Mike Gambit.
Lumley’s most recognisable role came as the foul-mouthed, champagne swigging Patsy Stone in Jennifer Saunders’s hilarious sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. An Ab Fab movie is released later this year.
Outside of acting Lumley is a prolific activist and she’s done work for Survival International and she’s a Patron of Tree Aid, PENHA (the Pastoral and Environmental Network), Trust in Children and Action on Addiction.
Lumley has repeatedly been tipped to be the first female Doctor thanks to the cult following for her ITV sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel, which co-starred David McCallum. © Rex
Lumley has been hailed as a ‘daughter of Nepal’ and lauded for her successful work with the Gurkha Justice Campaign to provide all Gurkha veterans who served in the British army the right to settle in the country.
The star’s TV CV in the last decade has included jobs as diverse as cameos in Marple, Jonathan Creek and Lewis and documentaries The Search For The Ark and Joanna Lumley Meets Will.I.Am.
Lumley got to live out many women’s fantasies and shared an onscreen smooch with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. She later revealed that it took her 27 times to get the kiss right on camera.
Joanna Lumley has successfully turned her hand to the role of documentary presenter and won critical acclaim in 2015 for her series about the Trans-Siberian Railway. © ITV
Joanna Lumley celebrates her 70th birthday on May 1, 2016. Let's raise a glass to Joanna! © ITV