About Joanna Lumley
Absolutely Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley is one of Britain's best loved actresses, having been acting for what is now more than forty years.
Originally, her career started as a photographic model working for renowned fashion designer, Jean Muir. She progressed to acting through television advertisements and small parts in shows such as Are You Being Served? and Coronation Street.
Later, Joanna became best known for her roles in The New Avengers, Absolutely Fabulous, Sapphire and Steel and Sensitive Skin.
Of course, Joanna has presented numerous documentaries and television specials over the years, but here we principally focus on the four roles with which she is most associated: Purdey, Sapphire, Patsy Stone and Davina Jackson.
Joanna: In the Beginning
In Some Girls Do (1969): Her Movie Debut
Although she can only be seen very briefly here, this was Joanna Lumley's film debut in Some Girls Do.
She appears uncredited as one of Carl Petersen's female robots, but was also working on the set of the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, at the same time. Both films were produced concurrently at Pinewood Studios.
These roles became her first move from modeling into acting
In an Early Appearance: Are You Being Served?
During the 1970s, Joanna Lumley appeared in two episodes of the British comedy Are You Being Served?:
His and Hers and German Week.
Joanna in The New Avengers: With Patrick Macnee and Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley's big break came in 1976 when she was cast as the latest Avengers girl, Purdey.
While the 1970s version of this classic show was not as successful as its predecessor, Joanna Lumley nevertheless left a lasting impression as the all action agent.
Joanna as action-girl Purdey from The New Avengers.
Starring in Sapphire and Steel with David McCallum
Joanna's next major television role was to appear opposite David McCallum in the weird and wonderful 1979 science fiction series, Sapphire and Steel. Brilliantly conceived and wonderfully played, Joanna starred as Sapphire, an element in human form who acted as a kind of time detective.
Joanna Chat With Michael Parkinson
A taste of the real Joanna Lumley as she talks to Michael Parkinson during his last series of talk shows.
Here she offers anecdotes on charm, her background, danger and her starring role in The New Avengers.
Starring in Absolutely Fabulous with Jennifer Saunders
One of Britain's best loved and most fondly remembered comedies is Absolutely Fabulous.
Joanna starred as the often inebriated and equally outrageous and unforgettable Patsy Stone in the role that most people associate with her.
In Sensitive Skin with Denis Lawson
To date, Sensitive Skin has been Joanna Lumley's last full series (discounting six episodes of Jam and Jerusalem between 2006 and 2008, and four episodes of Mistresses in 2010).
A comedy drama, she stars as Davina Jackson, a 60 something art gallery worker who is trying to cope with the aging process as well as her personal happiness and the family and friends who surround her.
Joanna Supports the Gurkha Justice Campaign
During 2008, Joanna Lumley became a fervent public campaigner for the rights of Gurkhas (who had served in the British Army) to be allowed to settle in Britain.
Her vocal support on this issue forced the British Government to review its immigration policy. It eventually changed it so that those Gurkhas who had served more than four years in the army before 1997 were allowed to settle in the United Kingdom. Here are some clips of Ms. Lumley recorded during that campaign.
Joanna Talks About Her Career
A truly informal interview in which Joanna talks about some of her past roles, as well as offering up some advice for those entering the acting profession.