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Birth information

1 May 1946 Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, British India [now India]

Given Name

Joanna Lamond Lumley

How tall is Joanna Lumley?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Stephen Barlow
Jeremy Lloyd

Life Story of Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley was born on 1 May, 1946 in Kashmir, India, to British parents, Thya Beatrice Rose (Weir) and James Rutherford Lumley. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.

An aspiring actress, she first came to fame as a model in London's swinging 1960s, where she was photographed by the greats, including her friend, the late Patrick Lichfield. She was designer Jean Muir's muse and house model for several years before carving a career as a freelance model where she became one of the top ten most-booked models of the 1960s.

Lumley's breakthrough role was as Purdey in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1976), a role for which over 800 girls auditioned. Purdey propelled Lumley to instant fame and created one of the "must-have" hairstyles of the 1970s -- the Purdey bob. Lumley became a pin-up figure for a generation of British males who grew up watching her as the high-kicking action girl.

Other roles followed, most notably as Sapphire in Sapphire & Steel (1979) opposite David McCallum -- a sci-fi precursor to The X-Files (1993) and an under-rated gem of a...

Significant features of Joanna Lumley

Her upper-class English accent, one of the most recognizable in Britain

Publications and Magazines about Joanna Lumley

Tim Ewbank & Stafford Hildred Joanna Lumley. 2009
Joanna Lumley Absolutely - A Memoir. 2011

What movies did Joanna Lumley play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Joanna Lumley's India (2017) , Joanna Lumley's Japan (2016) , Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure (2015) , Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah's Ark (2012) , Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey (2011) , Joanna Lumley's Nile (2010) , The Cazalets (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
Poetry Off the Page (2017) , Little Crackers (2012) ,
Actors Filmography
The Inn at the Edge of the World , Falling for Figaro , Conversations from a Long Marriage (2019) , Poetry Off the Page (2017)...

Birth information

1 May 1946 Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, British India [now India]

Given Name

Joanna Lamond Lumley

How tall is Joanna Lumley?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Stephen Barlow
Jeremy Lloyd

Life Story of Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley was born on 1 May, 1946 in Kashmir, India, to British parents, Thya Beatrice Rose (Weir) and James Rutherford Lumley. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.

An aspiring actress, she first came to fame as a model in London's swinging 1960s, where she was photographed by the greats, including her friend, the late Patrick Lichfield. She was designer Jean Muir's muse and house model for several years before carving a career as a freelance model where she became one of the top ten most-booked models of the 1960s.

Lumley's breakthrough role was as Purdey in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1976), a role for which over 800 girls auditioned. Purdey propelled Lumley to instant fame and created one of the "must-have" hairstyles of the 1970s -- the Purdey bob. Lumley became a pin-up figure for a generation of British males who grew up watching her as the high-kicking action girl.

Other roles followed, most notably as Sapphire in Sapphire & Steel (1979) opposite David McCallum -- a sci-fi precursor to The X-Files (1993) and an under-rated gem of a...

Significant features of Joanna Lumley

Her upper-class English accent, one of the most recognizable in Britain

Publications and Magazines about Joanna Lumley

Tim Ewbank & Stafford Hildred Joanna Lumley. 2009
Joanna Lumley Absolutely - A Memoir. 2011

What movies did Joanna Lumley play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Joanna Lumley's India (2017) , Joanna Lumley's Japan (2016) , Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure (2015) , Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah's Ark (2012) , Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey (2011) , Joanna Lumley's Nile (2010) , The Cazalets (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
Poetry Off the Page (2017) , Little Crackers (2012) ,
Actors Filmography
The Inn at the Edge of the World , Falling for Figaro , Conversations from a Long Marriage (2019) , Poetry Off the Page (2017)...

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Bette Midler and Joanna Lumley in Bette Midler: One Night Only (2014)

Is a vegetarian and an active crusader for animal rights.

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Bette Midler and Joanna Lumley in Bette Midler: One Night Only (2014)

Born at 7:30pm-IST.

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Joanna Lumley in Bette Midler: One Night Only (2014)

Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles.

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Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley, and Ted Wass in Der Fluch des rosaroten Panthers (1983)

She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama and charity.

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Joanna Lumley and Richard Mulligan in Der rosarote Panther wird gejagt (1982)

She went into modeling after failing her audition at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was told she was "Too fat and too ugly!".

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Herbert Lom and Joanna Lumley in Der rosarote Panther wird gejagt (1982)

Has one son, Jamie Lumley, born in 1967, from a relationship with photographer Michael Claydon.

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Burt Kwouk and Joanna Lumley in Der rosarote Panther wird gejagt (1982)

Received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Kent at Canterbury in July 1994 "for her contribution to the entertainment industry and her active charitable work".

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Joanna Lumley in Paddington 2 (2017)

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 visit the King of Bhutan in Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunderdragon (1997).

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Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Hayman, Celia Imrie, etc.

In 1991, an Oxford University college changed the name of its common room from Nelson Mandela to Joanna Lumley.

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Peter Cushing, Michael Coles, and Joanna Lumley in Dracula braucht frisches Blut (1973)

The BBC programme Girl Friday (1994) in which Lumley was left to fend for herself on a desert island for 10 days, heralded a new reality television genre, which spawned "Shipwrecked", "Survivor", etc.

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Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, and Joanna Lumley in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1976)

Despite having a very small role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), she spent two months on the production, dubbing the voices of a whole line up of international beauties in German, Chinese and Norwegian accents.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Joanna Lumley in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Is a self-confessed huge fan of James Bond and of his creator Ian Fleming, being very proud of her role as a Bond Girl.

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Christopher Lee and Joanna Lumley in Dracula braucht frisches Blut (1973)

Is also "the voice" of AOL in Great Britain. She greets subscribers when they "log on", tells them they have mail, and says goodbye when they "log off". She revealed this on The Graham Norton Show (2007) a couple of years back.

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Sadie Frost, Lulu, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Abbey Clancy, Tinie Tempah, etc.

Grandmother to Alice Daisy (born April 2003) and Emily Kate (born October 2004) via son Jamie Lumley.

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

She has Scottish, English, Danish (from a maternal great-grandfather), and Irish ancestry.

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

She played the English Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Irma Bunt in the 2014 BBC Radio 4 adaptation "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". She also read the novel as Radio 4's "Book at Bedtime" in 1989.

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

Provided the inspiration for Glenn Close's 'vocal' portrayal of Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians (1996).

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Emma Bunton, Joanna Lumley, and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

As Patrick Macnee's female sidekick in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1976), she mentioned Honor Blackman as her favorite among Macnee's partners in the original show, The Avengers (1961).

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

Lumley conceived the controversial Garden Bridge project, a planned memorial to Princess Diana intended to take the form of a bridge lined with trees between the north side of the Thames and the South Bank. First approved by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the project was terminated in 2017 by his successor Sadiq Khan, who cited "multiple serious issues". £37 million of public money had been spent without any building taking place.

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

In an episode of Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1976), she punches Edward Petherbridge ten times.

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

Daughter of James (1917-1999) and Thyra (née Weir) Lumley (1920-2005).

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

Lumley was a member of the Booker Prize jury in 1985. When Keri Hulme's "The Bone People" won, she publicly dissociated herself from the decision (the book caused controversy with its depiction of child abuse).

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Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, and Chris Colfer in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Joanna Lumley and Nick Mohammed in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Jane Horrocks, Joanna Lumley, and June Whitfield in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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Emma Bunton, Joanna Lumley, and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous: Der Film (2016)

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