Joanna Lumley
English actress and former model
Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE, FRGS is an English 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, Jam & Jerusalem and Sensitive Skin. In film she has appeared in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and James and the Giant Peach (1996).
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Scene City: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Jon Hamm at ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Premiere
NYTimes - 7 months
Co-stars, drag queens and other “fantastic creatures” celebrate the movie version of the ’90s British sitcom.
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World premiere of Absolutely Fabulous hits London - 8 months
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprise their famous roles as Eddie and Patsy for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Ab Fab: Patsy and Edina talk Brexit
Yahoo News - 8 months
LONDON (AP) — Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will be hoping to lift the spirits of a post-Brexit Britain when they attend the world premiere of "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" Wednesday.
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Brighton authors at Midhurst’s Spread Eagle literary supper
Hastings St Leonards Observer - almost 2 years
SUSSEX has a wealth of talented authors and this was made clear during a literary supper club in Midhurst. The event was held at The Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa and was the second of a series of literary supper clubs the hotel is holding. On Thursday (April 16), the supper club offered guests the chance to meet and listen to Brighton authors Lizzie Enfield and Araminta Hall, as well as indulge in a delicious two course meal with wine. Lizzie is a journalist who has had her short stories broadcasted on Radio 4 and has three novels in her portfolio. Her latest book - Living With It - focuses on the 2012 measles outbreak and the controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine. “It is about love, loss, anger, reconciliation, grief and acceptance,” Lizzie explained, after reading a few passages from her gripping book. Joining Lizzie was her friend Araminta, whose first novel, Everything and Nothing, was chosen as a Richard and Judy book club read the year it was published. The next supper clu ...
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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: JoannaLumley takes on Harvey Nicks 'cruelty' 
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
As Patsy in Ab Fab Joanna Lumley was instrumental in putting Harvey Nicks back on the fashion map. So it is ironic she is now giving the store a PR headache, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE.
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Television Review: ‘The Making of a Lady’ Offers Slow Suspense, on PBS
NYTimes - about 3 years
Lydia Wilson stars in the suspense film “The Making of a Lady,” based on a 1901 novel, with Linus Roache, James D’Arcy and Joanna Lumley.     
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Lost generation of elderly Gurkhas struggle in Britain
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Hannah Vinter FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - Retired Captain Birbahadur Thapa served in the British army for 28 years as part of the Brigade of Gurkhas, the fighting force recruited in Nepal whose kukri-wielding soldiers have long been famed as fearsome warriors. Thapa, 72, is one of a number of former Gurkhas who were able to move to England after 2009, following a successful campaign spearheaded by actress Joanna Lumley to give all members of the brigade with at least four years service the right to settle in Britain. An estimated 10,000 ex-Gurkha heads of family live in Britain, having come here after serving in the famous brigade that since 1815 has fought in numerous conflicts, from Gallipoli to Malaya to the current war in Afghanistan. But though they have been part of the British army, many older ex-Gurkhas do not speak good English and find navigating life in the country a challenge.
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Jennifer Saunders: 'Everyone's always saying, "You're frightening"'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The star of Absolutely Fabulous talks about Dawn French and Joanna Lumley, performing in front of militant audiences in the 80s – and why she wanted to write an 'all right' memoir When Jennifer Saunders was approaching 50, she had an epiphany. "I was sitting in a meeting listening to everyone talking about some show or other, and I suddenly started thinking, do you know something? I think I have a better idea. I think my idea is probably better. Before that, if they'd said anything, I'd go, yes, yes, that's right, yes, agree, agree, agree. And I suddenly thought, actually, I think I can make this funnier, I think I know better. And it hadn't occurred to me until then that that could ever happen." How could it have taken the comedian so long to realise this? "It's terrible, isn't it?" she laughs. "That you end up thinking, oh look, everyone's cleverer than me. Everyone knows better than me. Everyone thinks I'm an idiot. I probably can't do this, I probably can't do that. I don't know ...
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VIDEO: Joanna Lumley visits Castlepoint to salute Absolutely Fabulous “shwopping” campaign
Daily Echo - over 3 years
SHOPPERS at Marks and Spencers at Castlepoint had a shock when they realised Joanna Lumley was checking out the lingerie department.
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Exclusive: 'Lords of Dogtown' star John Robinson joins Owen Wilson comedy
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - "Lords of Dogtown" star John Robinson has joined the star-studded ensemble cast of Peter Bogdanovich's indie comedy "Squirrels to the Nuts." Imogen Poots stars as a prostitute who gets a shot as a Broadway actress thanks to a married theater director (Owen Wilson) who falls for her. Jennifer Aniston highlights the supporting cast, which also includes Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Richard Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, Joanna Lumley, Debi Mazar and Bogdanovich's Oscar-winning "Paper Moon" star Tatum O'Neal. ...
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Tatum O'Neal Reteams With 'Paper Moon' Director Peter Bogdanovich for Showbiz Comedy (Exclusive)
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - Tatum O'Neal will reteam with her "Paper Moon" director Peter Bogdanovich on his new showbiz-themed comedy "Squirrels to the Nuts," which has also added Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") and Debi Mazar ("Entourage") to its ensemble cast. Imogen Poots stars as a prostitute who gets a shot as a Broadway actress thanks to a married theater director (Owen Wilson) who falls for her charms. Jennifer Aniston co-stars as an unprofessional therapist, while Lumley will play her mother. ...
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A Floating Garden Bridge In London
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The designer behind the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, is planning a £60 million pedestrian garden bridge across the River Thames. Commissioned by Transport for London, the idea is to connect north and south London (it will sit between two existing bridges) with a garden of grasses, trees, wild flowers, and plants, unique to London's natural riverside habitat, according to The Telegraph. The design has been endorsed by Joanna Lumley, a local advocate, who told The Evening Standard: "This garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. It will be the slowest way to cross the river, as people will dawdle and lean on parapets and stare at the great cityscapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames...I believe it will bring to Londoners and vi ...
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Joanna Lumley: Royals are 'the best fun'
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
Joanna Lumley always gets nervous before meeting the royal family, despite thinking they are 'funny people'.
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Peggy Liu: Sustainability Needs to Move From Gloom to Hope
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Sustainability is dead. Or at least the entire language we use to talk about it to consumers should be buried. Fashion icon and eco-advocate Alexa Chung sums up the problem nicely in British Vogue: 'Ethical Fashion': surely the least sexy words in fashion. Sustainable, ecological, organic... the language of conscience-free shopping is a clunky vocabulary that instantly brings to mind images of hemp kaftans, recycled tin-can bags, and other things I'd rather not swathe my body in, thanks. In an effort to shape more sustainable consumerism in China, my non-profit JUCCCE looks at aspirations of the enormous middle class -- over 450 million today, growing to 800 million by 2025, according to Helen Wang, author of The Chinese Dream. Let's face it, the ladies who lunch and meet over mani-pedis are not likely to be swayed by words such as "circular economy" or "collaborative consumption." The key issue at stake is scale. We need to remake the lexicon of sustainability if ...
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Bogus Contractors Steal Copper from Constellium Plant
WSAZ 3 News Channel - about 4 years
West Virginia State Police are warning manufacturers to review security procedures after two men posing as contractors drove out of a plant with two tons of stolen copper.
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Checking in: Joanna Lumley on Bhutan and the Swiss Alps
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Actress and all-round national treasure Joanna Lumley recalls some of her travel adventures, from the wilds of Malaysia to the poverty of the Sudanese desert.
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Joanna Lumley steps out wearing hairnet and dressing robe on set of new drama
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Joanna Lumley is known for her stylish look, but fans of the Absolutely Fabulous star could be in for a shock after she stepped out on set of her new drama wearing a hairnet and a drab blue dressing gown
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Businesses give festival support
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
Buxton Festival welcomed an audience of more than 40,000 to the town this summer, bringing an estimated £3 million to the area through visitor overnight stays, dining out, tourism and shopping. Claire Rhodes, Buxton Festival’s Development Manager, said: “This success would not be possible without the support of a range of corporate partners, many local, who help the Festival in a number of ways. Their contributions are vital to our continued success.” The Old Hall Hotel and Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Partnership, sponsor an opera production each year. 
The University of Derby Buxton has been the lead sponsor of the Festival’s Literary Series for years and helped the Festival host talks in various venues. Barclays gave their support for the first time through its sponsorship of a high-profile literary talk by Michael Morpurgo and Joanna Lumley. Bookstore Brierlow Bar was again the Festival’s official bookseller, attending all literary events and book signings. 
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Tom Cumberlege: Can Brands Lead the Way in Encouraging Consumers to Live Sustainable Lifestyles?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Consumers are generally aware of the environmental impact of home energy use, transportation, waste and recycling. Far fewer are aware of the relative impacts of their leisure and lifestyle choices and the goods and services they consume. That's why influential brands and retailers have a good opportunity to help consumers understand the broader impacts of their lifestyles and the products and services they use. And there's good reason for doing so. Once consumers are happy with the price and quality of a product or service, many increasingly want to be associated with environmental or ethical products that reflect their own values. According to our recent research, which examined how young adults' attitudes towards climate change and carbon footprinting influence their purchasing decisions and brand loyalty, 83% of young people questioned in China, 73% in Korea, 55% in the UK and 57% in the USA all say they would be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was reduci ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joanna Lumley
  • 2016
    Age 69
    In September 2016, she presented Joanna Lumley's Japan, a three-part documentary series for ITV.
    More Details Hide Details Lumley is best known for her support for Gurkhas, the exiled Tibetan people and government, the Kondha indigenous people of India and the Prospect Burma charity, which offers grants to Burmese students, for whom she broadcast a BBC Radio 4 charity appeal in 2001. Her father was a Gurkha officer who fought in World War II. In 2008, Lumley became the public face of a campaign to provide all Nepalese origin Gurkha veterans who served in the British Army before 1997 the right to settle in Britain. Those serving after 1997 had already been granted permission, but the UK Government has not extended the offer to all of the Gurkhas, who are natives of Nepal. On 20 November 2008, Lumley led a large all-party group including Gurkhas starting from Parliament Square to 10 Downing Street with a petition signed by 250,000 people. She supports the Gurkha Justice Campaign.
  • 2015
    Age 68
    Lumley was one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas at the 2015 general election.
    More Details Hide Details She has also narrated a number of audiobooks and provided forewords for works by other authors.
    In August 2015, Lumley backed children's fairytales app "GivingTales" in aid of UNICEF together with other celebrities including Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, and Paul McKenna.
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    In 2015 she presented a three-part factual series for ITV called Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure.
    More Details Hide Details The series saw Lumley travel 6400 miles from Hong Kong to Moscow, along the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    In December 2014, she presented Bette Midler: One Night Only, a one-off ITV special.
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    In March 2014 she appeared in a BBC One hour-long documentary featuring American musician
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    Once again, in 2012, Lumley travelled for ITV, now in search of Noah's Ark.
    More Details Hide Details The trip, that encompassed 3 continents and also involved adventurously venturing into Iran, will air in late 2012 as a single 90-minute documentary titled Joanna Lumley’s Ark.
  • 2011
    Age 64
    Lumley travelled again for ITV in 2011, this time visiting Greece for a four-part series titled Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey.
    More Details Hide Details The series aired on ITV beginning on 13 October.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    In recent years, Lumley has worked extensively with ITV, and in 2010 Lumley was executive producer and presenter of Joanna Lumley's Nile, where she journeyed up the River Nile from sea to source in Rwanda, for ITV.
    More Details Hide Details This was broadcast in four parts on ITV beginning on 12 April 2010, and repeated in June 2013.
    In 2010 she donated £1,000 to Caroline Lucas's campaign to become the first Green MP during the 2010 General Election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Lumley appeared in Uptown Downstairs Abbey, the Comic Relief parody of the critically acclaimed historical television dramas Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. Playing herself and the character of Mrs. Danvers, she starred alongside others including Jennifer Saunders, Kim Cattrall, Victoria Wood, Harry Enfield, Patrick Barlow, Dale Winton, Olivia Colman and Tim Vine.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    In 2009 she portrayed a rock star, believed to be dead for 35 years, but more predominantly, her twin, in the "Counter Culture Blues" episode of the British television mystery series Lewis (known in the U.S. as Inspector Lewis).
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    In May 2009 she supported the Green Party during the 2009 European Elections campaign.
    More Details Hide Details For Lumley, the work of Green MEPs in the European Parliament in pursuing human rights and animal rights made the Green Party "the obvious choice" and urged UK voters "to cast a positive vote for a better future by voting Green in the European Elections." Lumley also appeared in literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum in 2011.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    In September and December 2008 and in April 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.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    She was asked to write the introduction to a re-edition in November 2007 of the book called The Magic Key To Charm written by the pioneering female journalist Eileen Ascroft.
    More Details Hide Details This is a book of tips to women, first written by Ascroft in 1938 about how to be glamorous. "I thought it was absolutely enchanting, it's how young women were told how to behave in the old days and I think it might be just coming back for a bit of a revival", she explained in the interview. "Because, I have to say I adore our young ones and I think we have got some of the prettiest and loveliest girls in the world but I think sometimes the behaviour gets a bit bad and I think the girls let themselves down. They are so pretty and so lovely but they should behave better, I think, then they will be more successful." In 1999 she appeared in the Comic Relief Doctor Who parody The Curse of Fatal Death as the final incarnation of the Doctor. She also appeared with Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and Sienna Miller in the French and Saunders pastiche of Mamma Mia for Comic Relief 2009 in which she played the role of Tanya (named Patsy in the spoof).
    Lumley has also appeared on the last run of ITV's Parkinson as a guest, on 27 October 2007, discussing the subject of young girls across the UK and how they need to behave better if they hope to be successful.
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    In July 2007, she starred in the second series of the drama Sensitive Skin where she played the main character Davina Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details The BBC said this will be the final series of the dark comedy. She starred in David Hirson's La Bête – Comedy Theatre, London, 26 June – 28 August 2010 with David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance, directed by Matthew Warchus. She also starred in La Bête at the Music Box Theatre, Broadway, New York which opened on 14 October 2010. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her performance. As the possessor of one of the most recognised voices in the UK, Lumley has gained prominence as a voice-over artist. Users of AOL in the United Kingdom are familiar with Joanna Lumley's voice. She recorded the greetings "Welcome to AOL" and "You have email" and "Goodbye" for that company. From 2005 to 2006 she appeared in adverts for insurance brokers Privilege.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    Lumley starred as the elderly Delilah Stagg in the 2006 sitcom Jam & Jerusalem with Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Sue Johnston.
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  • 2000
    Age 53
    In 2000, she co-produced a new drama series The Cazalets.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a TV series on Sarawak, where she spent time in her childhood. She has demonstrated her ability to go beyond stereotypical images, most notably in the monologue series of playlets Up In Town (2002), written by Hugo Blick, and focusing on a society hostess's realisation that her star is fading.
  • 1999
    Age 52
    In 1999, she also provided the voice for Sims the chicken in the BAFTA award winning animated series The Foxbusters.
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  • 1995
    Age 48
    Lumley was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details She is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon. D.Litt.) by the University of Kent in July 1994. In 2002, she was awarded an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes University. In 2006, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon. D.Litt.) from the University of St. Andrews. and in July 2008, she was also awarded an honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv) from Queen's University Belfast. Alongside her work for the Gurkhas, Lumley is a supporter of many charities, including Suffolk Family Carers and Kids for Kids. She has been a vegetarian for forty years, and a keen supporter of animal rights charities, including CIWF and Viva! She has donated signed books for the literacy and international development charity Book Aid International. She is patron of the Born Free Foundation and passionate about the Free Tibet campaign.
    In 1995, she provided the voice of Annie the rag doll in the animated series The Forgotten Toys.
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  • 1994
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other work has included: Lovejoy as widow Victoria Cavero, In the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon (1996), a film about a journey made by her grandparents in Bhutan, and A Rather English Marriage (nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress 1999) and Dr Willoughby (1999).
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, she married Stephen Barlow; they live in London.
    More Details Hide Details They also own a house near the village of Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. Lumley's son has two daughters, Alice and Emily.
  • 1979
    Age 32
    In 1979 she appeared in another series which acquired a cult following: Sapphire & Steel, with David McCallum.
    More Details Hide Details Conceived as ITV's answer to Doctor Who, Lumley played a mysterious elemental being ("Sapphire") who, with her collaborator, "Steel", dealt with breaches in the fabric of time. Over a decade later Lumley's career was boosted by her portrayal of the louche, selfish and frequently drunk fashion director Patsy Stone, companion to Jennifer Saunders' Edina Monsoon in the BBC comedy television series Absolutely Fabulous (1992–1996), (2001–2004), and (2011–2012).
  • 1973
    Age 26
    In 1973, she made another big screen appearance as Jessica Van Helsing in The Satanic Rites of Dracula, the last Hammer Dracula film to star Christopher Lee.
    More Details Hide Details She has worked with Tim Burton on two film projects, in James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Corpse Bride (2005). She has also appeared alongside Hugh Laurie in the British romantic comedy Maybe Baby (2000) and alongside Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted (2004). She has appeared twice as Mrs. Dolly Bantry in Agatha Christie's Marple, in the episodes; 'The Body in the Library' (2004) & 'The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side' (2009). In 2010, she appeared in a 4-episode guest arc on the BBC drama, Mistresses as Vivienne Roden. In 2013, she appeared in the Martin Scorsese crime drama, The Wolf of Wall Street. Throughout her career, she has specialised in playing upper class parts, and her distinctive voice has reinforced this. Lumley's first major role was as Purdey in The New Avengers, a revival of the secret agent series The Avengers. Although critical reaction to the series was lukewarm, the casting of Lumley was seen as inspired and following the tradition of Avengers actresses Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    Lumley did not receive any formal training at drama school. Her acting career began in 1969 with a small, uncredited role in the film Some Girls Do, and as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which she had two lines as a British girl among the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld's "Angels of Death".
    More Details Hide Details Lumley went on to have a brief but memorable role as Elaine Perkins in Coronation Street, in which her character turned down Ken Barlow's offer of marriage.
    She appeared in a British television advertisement for Nimble bread first screened in 1969.
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  • 1966
    Age 19
    Lumley appeared in an early episode of the Bruce Forsyth Show in 1966.
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  • 1946
    Joanna Lamond Lumley was born on 1 May 1946 in Srinagar, Kashmir and Jammu, to English parents, Thyra Beatrice Rose (née Weir) and Major James Rutherford Lumley, who served in the 6th Gurkha Rifles, a regiment of the British Indian Army.
    More Details Hide Details They married in 1941. Lumley was brought up in Kent, England, where she attended Mickledene School in Rolvenden as a boarder. The family spent time in Hong Kong and Malaya (now Malaysia). Lumley was educated at St Mary's Convent School in Hastings, Sussex, and afterwards attended the Lucie Clayton Finishing School, after being turned down by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 16. Lumley spent three years as a photographic model, notably for Brian Duffy, by whom she was photographed with her son. She also worked as a house model for Jean Muir. Over forty years later, she participated in another photoshoot – again with her son – for Duffy as part of a retrospective of the photographer's work.
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