Joanna Lumley

Actress and Former Model
Born May 1, 1946

Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE, FRGS is a British actress, voice-over artist, former-model and author, best known for her role in the British television series Absolutely Fabulous portraying Edina Monsoon's best friend, Patsy Stone, as well as parts in The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel and Sensitive Skin. Her distinctive voice has been supplied for animated characters, film narration and AOL's "You have email" notification in the UK.… Read More

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1946 Birth Joanna Lamond Lumley was born on 1 May 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir and Jammu to English parents. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old Lumley appeared in an early episode of the Bruce Forsyth Show in 1966.
1967 21 Years Old Following her rise to fame, Lumley revealed that she had been an unmarried mother during the 1960s when it was socially unacceptable; her son, James, was born in 1967. … Read More
1969 23 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in a British television advertisement for Nimble bread first screened in 1969. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old She appeared as "Jessica" on the big screen in The Satanic Rites of Dracula, released in the UK on 13 January 1974, which was the last of Hammer Film's Dracula series starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. … Read More


1979 33 Years Old In 1979 she appeared in another series which acquired a cult following: Sapphire & Steel, with David McCallum. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old In 1986, she married conductor Stephen Barlow; they live in London. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old In 1994 and 1995 Lumley starred alongside Nadine Garner and John Bowe in the British television show Class Act, playing the part of Kate Swift an upper class lady who had fallen on hard times. … Read More
1995 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, she provided the voice of Annie the rag doll in the animated series The Forgotten Toys.


1999 53 Years Old In 1999, she also provided the voice for Sims the chicken in the BAFTA award winning animated series The Foxbusters.
2000 54 Years Old In 2000, she co-produced a new drama series The Cazalets. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old Lumley starred as the elderly Delilah Stagg in the 2006 sitcom Jam & Jerusalem with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Sue Johnston.
In July 2007, she starred in the second series of the drama Sensitive Skin where she played the main character Davina Jackson. … Read More
2008 62 Years Old In September and December 2008 and April of 2009, the BBC aired Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights, a documentary about her search to see the Northern Lights in northern Norway.
2009 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2009 she supported the Green Party during the 2009 European Elections campaign. … Read More
In 2010 she donated £1,000 to Caroline Lucas's campaign to become the first Green MP during the 2010 General Election campaign. … Read More
2011 65 Years Old Lumley travelled again for ITV in 2011, this time visiting Greece for a four-part series titled Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old Once again, in 2012, Lumley travelled for ITV, now in search of Noah's Ark. … Read More
2014 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2014 she appeared in a BBC One hour-long documentary featuring American musician … Read More
2015 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015 she presented a three-part factual series for ITV called Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure. … Read More
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