Joanna Lumley Biography (1946-)

Full name, Joanna Lamond Lumley; born May 1, 1946, in Srinagar, Kashmir, India; father, a military officer; married Jeremy Lloyd (an actor, director, andwriter), c. 1971 (divorced, c. 1971); married Steven Barlow (a conductor, composer, and musician), 1986; children: (with Michael Claydon) James. Addresses: Contact: c/o Conway, van Gelder, Robinson, 18-21 Jermyn St., 3rd Floor, London SW1Y 6HP, England.

Actress, writer
Birth Details
May 1, 1946
Srinagar, India

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Samantha Ryder-Ross, It's Awfully Bad for Your Eyes, Darling ... ,BBC (England), 1971
  • Elaine Perkins, Coronation Street, Granada (England), 1973
  • General Hospital, Associated (England), 1974-1975
  • Purdey, The New Avengers (also known as The New Avengers in Canada and Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir), Independent (England), 1976-1977 CBS, 1978-1979
  • Sapphire, Sapphire and Steel, Associated, 1979-1982
  • Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia "Patsy" Cocteau Stone, Absolutely Fabulous (also known as AbFab), BBC-2 (England), 1992-1994, Comedy Central, 1994-1995
  • Mrs. Peacock, Cluedo (also known as Clue), 1993
  • Kate Swift, Class Act, [England], 1994
  • Voice of Annie, The Forgotten Toys (animated), 1998
  • Donna Sinclair, Dr. Willoughby, 1999
  • Madison Blakelock, Up in Town, BBC2, 2002
  • Voice for the series Foxbusters.
  • Miniseries
  • Lally Longbridge, The Mistral's Daughter (also known as L'amouren heritage), CBS, 1984
  • Loretta Stone, A Perfect Hero, PBS, 1992
  • Movies
  • Hitchhiker, The Plank, Thames (England), 1979
  • Kate, The Weather in the Streets, BBC (England), 1983
  • Helen, The Glory Boys, Yorkshire (England), 1984
  • Oxbridge Blues, Arts and Entertainment, 1986
  • Sarawak, Travels, PBS, 1989
  • Lady Drayton, A Ghost in Monte Carlo, TNT, 1990
  • Voice of Annie, The Forgotten Toys (animated), 1995
  • Mrs. Smiling, Cold Comfort Farm, BBC, 1995
  • Patsy Stone, Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout, Comedy Central,1997
  • Mrs. Lovett, The Tale of Sweeney Todd (also known as The DemonBarber), Showtime, 1998
  • Liz Franks, A Rather English Marriage, BBC, 1998
  • Diana Carey-Lewis, Coming Home (also known as Heimkehr andRosamunde Pilcher--Heimkehr), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, 1998
  • Diana Carey-Lewis, Nancherrow (also known as Rosamunde Pilcher--Das grosse Erbe), 1999
  • Voice of Tiger Lily, Alice in Wonderland, NBC, 1999
  • Jackie Riviera, Mirrorball, BBC, 2000
  • Specials
  • Presenter, Girl Friday: The Co-Star of "Absolutely Fabulous" Spends Nine Days on a Desert Island, 1994
  • Patsy Stone, How to Be Absolutely Fabulous, Comedy Central, 1995
  • The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunderdragon, BBC(England), 1997
  • (In archive footage) Patricia "Patsy" Stone, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4 (England), 2001
  • (In archive footage) Bad Hair Days, Channel 4, 2001
  • Episodic
  • "Loathe Story," Steptoe and Son, BBC (England), 1972
  • His/Her cologne girl, "His and Hers," Are You Being Served?, BBC,1973
  • German lady, "German Week," Are You Being Served?, BBC, 1975
  • (Uncredited) Herself, Alias Smith and Jones, BBC-2 (England), 1984
  • "Patrick Macnee," This Is Your Life, 1984
  • Guest host, Wogan, BBC, 1989
  • Herself, The Full Wax, BBC, 1991
  • Victoria Cavero, "Friends in High Places," Lovejoy, BBC, 1992
  • Victoria Cavero, "Out to Lunch," Lovejoy, BBC, 1992
  • Victoria Cavero, "No Strings," Lovejoy, BBC, 1992
  • Herself, The Full Wax, BBC, 1992, 1993
  • Herself, Saturday Zoo, Channel 4 (England), 1993
  • Patsy Stone, "Satan, Darling," Roseanne, ABC, 1996
  • Herself, The Mrs. Merton Show, Granada (England), 1997
  • Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC1 (England), 1997
  • Late Lunch, BBC, 1998
  • "Titanic," French and Saunders, BBC, 1998
  • Herself, Ruby, BBC, 1998, 1999
  • Des O'Connor Tonight, ITV (England), 1999
  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC (Canada), 2001
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Cuckoo Waltz, Granada; Jackanory; The Morecambe and Wise Show, BBC and Thames (England); and The Protectors, ITC (England).
  • Other
  • Samantha Ryder-Ross, "It's Awfully Bad for Your Eyes, Darling ... " (pilot), Comedy Playhouse, BBC, 1971
  • Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes, 1993
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip,1997
  • Appeared in Mark II Wife, Release, and Up the Workers.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Bit part, Some Girls Do, United Artists, 1969
  • English girl, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (also known as Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service), United Artists, 1969
  • Georgia, Tam Lin (also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, The Devil's Widow, and The Devil's Woman), 1970, American International Pictures, 1972
  • The Breaking of Bumbo, 1970
  • The House that Dripped Blood, Amicus, 1971
  • Fanny Hill, Games that Lovers Play (also known as Lady Chatterly versus Fanny Hill), Border Film, 1971
  • Gisella Parkyn, Don't Just Lie There, Say Something, Comocroft, 1973
  • Jessica van Helsing, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (also known as Dracula Is Alive and Well and Living in London, Dracula Is Dead ...and Well and Living in London, and Rites of Dracula), Hammer, 1973, released as Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride, Hammer, 1978
  • Marie Jouvet, The Trail of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Countess Chandra, Curse of the Pink Panther, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Marjorie Majors, Shirley Valentine, Paramount, 1989
  • Lady Helena Graves, Innocent Lies (also known as Halcyon Days and Les peches mortels), PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1995
  • Aunt Spiker, James and the Giant Peach, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Morgana Le Fay, Prince Valiant (also known as Prinz Eisenherz), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Freda, Parting Shots, Scimitar Films, 1998
  • (In archive footage)"Patsy" Stone, Absolutely Fabulous: A Life, 1998
  • Gillian, Mad Cows, Capitol Films, 1999
  • Thirteenth doctor, Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (also known as Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death), 1999
  • Voice of Half-Tusk, Whispers: An Elephant's Tale, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Sheila, Maybe Baby, Redbus Film Distribution, 2000
  • BBC Reports: Dot.Com Fever, 2000
  • Elinor Glyn, The Cat's Meow, 2001, Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • Gertrude Lawrence, Noel and Gertie, King's Head Theatre, London, 1983
  • Elvira, Blithe Spirit, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1986
  • Miralda Sumac, Vanilla, Lyric Theatre, London, 1990
  • Imogen Saxton-Billing, The Revengers Comedies, Strand Theatre, London, 1991
  • The Letter, 1995
  • Also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler, An Ideal Husband, Othello, Private Lives, and That Was Tory.
  • Videos
  • Herself, Au Gratin--Potatoes, Hemisphere Productions/Time-Life Video, 1980
  • Also appeared in the music video "Absolutely Fabulous" by the Pet Shop Boys.
  • Audio Books
  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Listen for Pleasure, 1984
  • Invitation to the Waltz, G. K. Hall, 1985
  • Books
  • Stare Back and Smile (memoir), Viking (London), 1989
  • Girl Friday: The Co-Star of "Absolutely Fabulous" Spends Nine Days ona Desert Island, 1994
  • Forces Sweethearts, 1994
  • Joanna Lumley in the Kingdom of the Thunderdragon, BBC Books (London), 1997
  • Other
  • Columnist for Times (London), 1980s.

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, May 26, 1995, p. 12
    • Geographical, December, 1997, pp. 29-33
    • New Zealand Listener, July 29, 1995, pp. 18-19
    • Times magazine, June 2, 2001, p. 28

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