Joanna Lumley is a British actress, model, and activist who has had a long and successful career in film, television, and theater. She was born on May 1, 1946, in Srinagar, India, to British parents.
Lumley began her career as a model in the 1960s, working for designers such as Jean Muir and appearing in numerous fashion magazines. She made her acting debut in the mid-1960s, appearing in small roles on television shows and in films.
In 1976, Lumley was cast in the role of Purdey on the television series "The New Avengers," which helped to launch her career as a prominent actress. She went on to appear in a wide range of film and television projects, including the popular BBC sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," for which she won multiple awards.
Lumley is also known for her humanitarian and activist work, particularly on issues related to animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of the Gurkha soldiers. She has been involved in numerous charitable organizations and has been recognized with a number of awards for her activism and advocacy.
In addition to her acting and activism work, Lumley has also written several books, including an autobiography and travel memoirs. She was awarded an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2013 for her services to charity and the arts.