Joanna Lumley

Biography

Date of Birth 1 May 1946, Srinagar, Kashmir, India Birth Name Joanna Lamond Lumley Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir, India, on 1st May 1946. 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 "The New Avengers" (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 "Strengt fortroligt" (1993) and an under-rated gem of a series which has gained a cult following in recent years, despite the fact it has only ever been shown ONCE on terrestrial TV. During the 1980s, Lumley returned to the theater, making notable appearances as "Hedda Gabler" and as "Elvira" in "Blithe Spirit" -- a role that seems tailor-made for her. Lumley also made appearances in several films, including På sporet af den lyserøde panter (1982), Den lyserøde panter ser rødt (1983), and a screen-stealing role in Shirley Valentine (1989). It was her reinvention as a comic actress in "Helt hysterisk" (1992) that shot Lumley to wider international acclaim. Her role as Patsy in "Helt hysterisk" (1992) is regarded as one of the greatest female comic performances ever, earning Lumley a stream of awards, including several BAFTAs. Since "Helt hysterisk" (1992), Lumley has cemented her role as one of the UK's most-loved & respected actresses. She is rarely off UK TV screens and has also built a successful film career as a character/voice-over actress. She recently teamed up with the writer/director Hugo Blick for the series of acclaimed monologues "Up in Town" (2002) which were critically regarded as the performance of a lifetime, and the recent "Sensitive Skin" (2005). It has been announced that she will be making a return to the stage for the first time in over a decade in 2007 in a new production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" directed by Sir Jonathan Miller. IMDb Mini Biography By: hunnybunny Spouse Stephen Barlow (1986 - present) Jeremy Lloyd (23 May 1970 - September 1970) (divorced) Trade Mark One of the most recognisable voices in the UK Trivia Is a vegetarian and an active crusader for animal rights. Born at 7:30pm-IST. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles. Joanna was awarded an OBE in 1995. After Joanna failed her RADA audition she went into modeling. She was told she was "Too fat and too ugly!". Has one son, 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 visit the King of Bhutan in "Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunderdragon" (1997). Has an honorary degree From Oxford Brookes University. In an episode of "Helt hysterisk" (1992) her character claims to have been a "Bond Girl", then says "Julian Bond." Lumley actually was a Bond Girl in Agent 007 i Hendes Majestæts hemmelige tjeneste (1969). Is one of the most respected British actresses despite the fact she has had no acting training. Awarded an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University in 2006. In 1991, an Oxford University college changed the name of its common room from Nelson Mandela to Joanna Lumley. The BBC programme Girl Friday (1994) (TV) in which Lumley was left to fend for herself on a desert island for 10 days, heralded a new reality TV genre, which spawned "Shipwrecked", "Survivor", etc. Despite having a very small part in Agent 007 i Hendes Majestæts hemmelige tjeneste (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. She is a self-confessed Bond fan and of his creator Ian Fleming, being very proud of her role as a 'Bond Girl'. In April 2009 she became the spokeswoman for the Gurkhas in the UK and was instrumental in persuading the British government to allow Gurkhas who had served in the Army the right to settle in the UK. When she visited Nepal in July 2009 she was treated as a heroine and a goddess by crowds of people on the street, and was thanked by Nepal's President and Prime Minister for her work in championing the Gurkhas' cause. She is also "the voice" of AOL in Great Britain. She's the one who 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. Grandmother to Alice Daisy (b. 2003) and Emily Kate (b. 2004) through her son Jamie Lumley. Personal Quotes At boarding school I even kept mice in my underclothes drawer. It made me smell most attractive, as you can imagine. Giraffes are completely tranquil-they have no predators as adults because there's not an animal in the jungle stupid enough to go for them. Giraffes are fairytale animals, almost heraldic-as if from the land of fables. They have extremely beautiful faces, huge eyes, very sensitive nostrils and Oh, blue tongues! Hundreds of political prisoners still suffer in Tibetan prisons. Freedom of speech is not allowed in any sense. It is illegal to possess a photo of the Dalai Lama. I can't see any difference in having your hair dyed, your teeth fixed, your nose done, or your face smoothed out or lifted. I like to keep up the image of smoking, only because it's getting such a bad press! When you are in a country where nobody has ever seen television, people look at you with eyes that don't know who you are. I don't think men are that attracted by glamour. I think women are attracted by glamour. I think men are attracted by a sense of friendship. I've got lots of good friends. I could have affairs. I can read a book all night, put the cat on the end of the bed. I can pick up my passport and go to France. I don't have to ask anybody. You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque. Charity is almost the wrong word - I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world. "Ayo Gorkhali" (Nepalese: "The Gurkhas are coming") - traditional Nepalese rallying cry to celebrate the UK government's decision to give all Gurkhas who served in UK armed forces the right to live in Britain. Cinéma[modifier / modifier le code] 1969 - Some Girls Do : Bit Part 1969 - Au service secret de sa majesté (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) : The English Girl 1970 - La Maison qui tue (The House That Dripped Blood) : Film Crew Girl 1970 - Games That Lovers Play : Fanny Hill 1970 - The Breaking of Bumbo : Susie 1970 - Tam Lin (The Ballad Of Tam Lin) : Georgia 1973 - Don't Just Lie There, Say Something : Giselle Parkyn 1974 - Dracula vit toujours à Londres (The Satanic Rites of Dracula) : Jessica Van Helsing 1982 - À la recherche de la panthère rose (Trail of the Pink Panther) : Marie Jouvet 1983 - L'Héritier de la panthère rose (Curse of the Pink Panther) : Countess Chandra 1989 - Shirley Valentine : Marjorie Majors 1995 - The Forgotten Toys : Annie (voix) 1995 - Les Péchés mortels (Innocent Lies) : Lady Helena Graves 1996 - James et la pêche géante (James and the Giant Peach) : Tante Piquette 1997 - Prince Vaillant : Morgan Le Fey 1998 - Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not! (vidéo) : Patsy Stone 1999 - Parting Shots : Freda 1999 - Mad Cows : Gillian 2000 - BBC Reports: Dot.Com Fever (vidéo) 2000 - Whispers: An Elephant's Tale : Half Tusk (voix) 2000 : Maybe Baby ou comment les Anglais se reproduisent (Maybe Baby) : Sheila 2001 - Un parfum de meurtre (The Cat's Meow) : Elinor Glyn 2004 - Standing Room Only : Last in Line 2004 - Eurotrip : Hostel Clerk 2004 - Ella au pays enchanté (Ella Enchanted) : Dame Olga 2005 - Stories of Lost Souls : Last in Line (segment Standing Room Only) 2005 - Les Noces funèbres (Corpse Bride) : Maudeline Everglot (voix) 2008 - Pollux, le manège enchanté : Azalée (voix de la version britannique) 2009 - Boogie Woogie : Alfreda Rhinegold 2011 - Trois fois 20 ans (Late Bloomers) de Julie Gavras : Charlotte 2013 - Le Loup de Wall Street (The Wolf of Wall Street) de Martin Scorsese : Tante Emma 2014 - She's Funny That Way de Peter Bogdanovich : la mère de Jane Télévision[modifier / modifier le code] 1969 - The Mark Two Wife : Elsie Engelfield 1971 - It's Awfully Bad for Your Eyes, Darling (série) : Samantha Ryder-Ross 1973 - Coronation Street (série) : Elaine Perkins 1976-1977 - Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir (The New Avengers) (série) : Purdey 1979 - The Plank (1979) : auto-stoppeuse 1983 - The Weather in the Streets : Kate 1984 : L'Amour en héritage (Mistral's Daughter) de Douglas Hickox / Kevin Connor, (feuilleton TV) : Lally Longbridge 1984 - Oxbridge Blues (feuilleton) : Gigi 1984 - The Glory Boys : Helen 1990 - A Ghost in Monte Carlo : Lady Drayton 1991 - A Perfect Hero (feuilleton) : Loretta Stone 1990 - Cluedo (série) : Mrs. Peacock (V) (Series 4) (1993) 1992-2004 - Absolutely Fabulous : Patsy Stone 1994 - Class Act (série) : Kate Swift 1994 - Girl Friday (série) 1995 - La Ferme du mauvais sort (Cold Comfort Farm) : Mrs. Mary Smiling 1998 - La Dynastie des Carey-Lewis (Coming Home) : Diana Carey-Lewis 1998 - L'Échoppe des horreurs (The Tale of Sweeney Todd) : Mrs. Lovett 1998 - Un couple peu ordinaire (A Rather English Marriage) : Liz Franks 1999 - Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice in Wonderland) : Tiger Lily (voix) 1999 - La Dynastie des Carey-Lewis (Nancherrow) : Diana Carey-Lewis 1999 - The Forgotten Toys (série) 1999 - Foxbusters (série) : Sims (voix) 1999 - Dr Willoughby (série) : Donna Sinclair 1999 : Doctor Who and the Curse of The Fatal Death (téléfilm) : Le 13e Docteur 2000 - Mirrorball : Jackie Riviera 2002 - Up in Town (série) : Madison Blakelock 2004 - Marple: The Body in the Library : Dolly Bantry 2005 - Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 : Patsy Stone 2005 - Sensitive Skin (série) : Davina Jackson 2006 - Jam and Jerusalem (série) 2011 - Absolutely Fabulous : Patsy Stone

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Birth Name

Joanna Lamond Lumley

Birth Place

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Inde

Birth Date

5/1/1946
Known For
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James and the Giant Peach

Aunt Spiker

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The House That Dripped Blood

Film Crew Girl (uncredited)

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Finding Your Feet

Jackie

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Curse of the Pink Panther

Countess Chandra

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The Magic Roundabout

Ermintrude (voice)

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Whispers - An Elephant's Tale

Half Tusk (voice)

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Rosamunde Pilcher's Nancherrow

Diana Carey-Lewis

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Falling for Figaro

Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop

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A Rather English Marriage

Liz Franks

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The Forgotten Toys

Annie (voice)

Starring In
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Falling for Figaro

Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop

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The Sandman

Lady Johanna Constantine

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An Accidental Studio

Herself (archive footage)

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Finding Your Feet

Jackie

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Paddington 2

Felicity Fanshaw

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Patsy Stone

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Me Before You

Mary Rawlinson

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Absolutely Anything

Fenella

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She's Funny That Way

Vivian Claremont

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Aunt Emma

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The Making of a Lady

Lady Maria Byrne

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Late Bloomers

Charlotte

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Animals United

Giselle (voice: English version)

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Boogie Woogie

Mrs. Alfreda Rhinegold

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Christmas in Canaan

Dolly Bantry 2 episodes, 2004-2010

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Ian Fleming: Where Bond Began

Self / Presenter

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Stories of Lost Souls

Last in Line (segment "Standing Room Only") (archive footage)

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Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light

Self

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Voices from the Underworld

Self

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Inside the Two Worlds of 'the Corpse Bride'

Maudeline Everglot (voice) (uncredited)

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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Maudeline Everglot (voice)

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The Magic Roundabout

Ermintrude (voice)

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The Agatha Christie Code

Self - Narrator

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Ella Enchanted

Dame Olga

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Eurotrip

Hostel Clerk

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Agatha Christie Marple: The Body in the Library

Dolly Bantry

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The Cat's Meow

Elinor Glyn

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Mirrorball

Jackie Riviera

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Maybe Baby

Sheila

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Whispers - An Elephant's Tale

Half Tusk (voice)

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Alice in Wonderland

Tiger Lily (voice)

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Rosamunde Pilcher's Nancherrow

Diana Carey-Lewis

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Parting Shots

Freda

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A Rather English Marriage

Liz Franks

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The Tale of Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett

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Prince Valiant

Morgan Le Fey

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James and the Giant Peach

Aunt Spiker

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The Forgotten Toys

Annie (voice)

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Cold Comfort Farm

Mrs. Mary Smiling

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Innocent Lies

Lady Helena Graves / Celia's mother

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Absolutely Fabulous - White Box

Patsy / ... (37 episodes, 1992-2005)

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A Perfect Hero

Loretta Stone

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A Ghost in Monte Carlo

Lady Drayton

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Shirley Valentine

Marjorie Majors

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The Glory Boys

Helen (unknown episodes)

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Mistral's Daughter

Lally Longbridge

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Curse of the Pink Panther

Countess Chandra

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Trail of the Pink Panther

Marie Jouvet

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Electric Blue the Movie

clips from 'Games That Lovers Play' (archive footage)

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Don't Just Lie There, Say Something!

Miss Parkyn

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Jessica Van Helsing

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The House That Dripped Blood

Film Crew Girl (uncredited)

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Lady Chatterly Versus Fanny Hill

Fanny

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The Breaking of Bumbo

Susie

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Tam Lin

Georgia

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The English Girl

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Some Girls Do

Second Robot Saboteur (uncredited)

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