JOANNA Lumley is a much loved actress, known by most for her legendary role as Patsy in hit '90s comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

She has since gone on to appear in major blockbusters and presents various travel documentaries, including ITV's Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures.

Who is Joanna Lumley?

Joanna Lumley was born on May 1, 1946, and is an English actress, voice-over artist, former model, author and activist.

The 74-year-old was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and Jammu, to English parents, Thyra Beatrice Rose and Major James Rutherford Lumley.

Joanna was brought up in Kent where she attended Mickledene School in Rolvenden as a boarder.

She was educated at St Mary's Convent School in Hastings and afterwards attended the Lucie Clayton Finishing School, after being turned down by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 16.

Joanna started off her career as a model in the '60s, but soon turned her hand to TV and film.

What are Joanna's biggest film and television work?

Since 1969 she has starred in over 50 television shows.

These include Coronation Street (1973), The New Avengers (1976–77), Sapphire & Steel (1979–82), Sensitive Skin (2005–07), Jam & Jerusalem (2006–08), and Finding Alice (late 2020).

Joanna has also hosted various travel shows, including ITV's Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures.

Although Joanna was already a well-known star, she reached international success when she was cast in the Jennifer Saunders comedy, Absolutely Fabulous in 1992.

Joanna has won two BAFTA TV Awards for her role as Patsy.

She has played the role in 39 episodes and also a feature film which was released in 2016.

Joanna's other movie roles include On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Shirley Valentine (1989), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Ella Enchanted (2004), Corpse Bride (2005) and Me Before You (2016), The Sandman (2020), The Croods 2 (2020).

She also starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) where the two had to share a kiss.

What is Joanna Lumley doing now and what is her show Unseen Adventures?

As of August 2020 Joanna was back on the box with new ITV series Unseen Adventures.
The show sees her share her treasure trove of unseen stories and give viewers an insight into how her travel programmes are made and why she loves to make them.

Featuring behind the scenes footage and outtakes, viewers get to see Joanna at home as she recalls some of her most memorable journeys and hidden gems from her travels


Who is Joanna Lumley married to and does she have children?

Joanna has been married twice.

She wed her first husband, writer Jeremy Lloyd, in 1970, but had the marriage dissolved.

Joanna then went on to marry conductor Stephen Barlow in 1986 and they live in London together.

Her son actor James Lumley was born in 1967. His father is the famous photographer Michael Claydon.

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