British actress best known for her role in Absolutely Fabulous.
Lumley first rose to fame in 1960s as a model, before gaining her breakthrough role as Purdey in The New Avengers (1976), a role for which over 800 girls auditioned. It was her reinvention as a comic actress in Absolutely Fabulous (1992) that shot Lumley to wider international acclaim. Her role as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous (1992) is regarded as one of the greatest female comic performances ever, earning her a stream of awards, including several BAFTAs. Since Absolutely Fabulous (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.
As a passionate animal rights activist, she has spoken out against horse-drawn carriages in New York City and the transportation of animals from Britain to the continent.
See her interview with Viva! here: http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/celebrity-supporters/joanna-lumley/joa...
I remember cutting into a steak and for the first time in my stupid life, I realised I was cutting flesh. That was it! Now, I feel absolutely sick when I think of the things we do to animals and to anyone who claims we have the best welfare in the world, I would say: ‘Who says so?’ We can end cruelty to animals and Viva! is right there, with a V at its front, spearheading into the future. Go Viva!"Joanna Lumley