During a career spanning more than 50 years, Joanna Lumley has been a top model, a Bond girl, a New Avenger and of course the drug-addicted, alcoholic and binge-eating fashion editor at Patsy Stone on Complete Fabulous newspaper.
She is a TV royal and has also become real friends, meeting the Queen several times and getting to know several members of the Royal family.
However, when those two worlds collide, specifically in the framework of the hit show The Crown, Joanna is less impressed.
The 75-year-old admitted that she watched some older episodes of the Queen’s early life because she knew nothing about it but then everything changed.
She commented: “Suddenly, things started getting closer and closer and they had people playing Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, as Princess Anne. I know it all.”
“I know it’s not how they say it or what they said or did. People say, ‘Oh, everyone knows it’s made up’.” People don’t, people think it’s true,” she continued.
The actor added: “So I decided not to watch it anymore because I have some loyalty, as a person, to anyone they know and like and are lucky enough to be friendly.
“It’s horrible. I mean to think about someone imagining what you say and then it becomes something that goes viral around the world and people believe it’s gospel truth.”
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She commented, “It must be painful. So I think I should give it up. I can’t bring myself to see it because it’s made up.”
Joanna, who recently wrote the book, A Queen for All Seasons: A Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II on the Platinum Jubilee, added on the Royal Family.
She said: “If you meet any member of the Royal family, they are very kind and friendly, polite and unpretentious. You will find nice, kind people.”
The actor had written books before but hadn’t seen one about the Queen until publishers approached her.
Lumley, self-described as “Army brat”, was a schoolgirl in Malaysia at the time of her coronation in 1953, which she had seen on television.
Since then, she has followed the monarch’s life, admiring her devotion to the task. Lumley received her OBE from the royal family in 1995. Speaking via Zoom from her home in London, she said: “I think we are very honored and very fortunate to have the Queen.”
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“What I wanted to do was show how an ordinary woman, because we are all ordinary people, has made herself extraordinary through her shared determination to do the right thing. .
“She was never at fault and never failed. My admiration for her has simply grown over the years because I think many of us would say, ‘This is this. a nightmare, I’m getting out of this, I don’t want to do this anymore.’ But you can’t do that if you’re the Queen.”
Joanna rose to fame as a model at Swinging Sixties in London, where she was photographed by top photographers, including her late friend Patrick Lichfield, the Queen’s first cousin.
She began her film career in 1969 with a role in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, playing one of Blofeld’s Angels of Death.
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Lumley briefly played Ken Barlow’s girlfriend Elaine Perkins in Coronation Street but her breakthrough came when she was cast in The New Avengers.
She became a peg for a generation that grew up seeing her as a powerful Purdey action woman. Her character also sparks a must-have ’70s hairstyle – the Purdey bob.
This part led to a series of film roles including two Pink Panther films, Shirley Valentine and The Wolf of Wall Street, in which she kissed Leonardo Di Caprio. But it was her role as Patsy in the comedy Ab Fab that earned her wider acclaim and several BAFTA awards.
Joanna has also hosted travel shows, including ITV’s Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures. “I’ve written about six books and done a lot of different things – radio plays, TV series, movies, theatre,” she said.
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“Everyone loves Patsy and sometimes it’s pretty cool when you put your hair up and just say, ‘Hi honey,’ and smoke a cigarette like Patsy did.
“She’s still here. And next week I’m having dinner with Jennifer Saunders again and whenever the two of us are together, we just sit and laugh until we cry about what Patsy and Eddie are going to do.”
She attributed her energy to the fact that she had given up meat for more than 40 years. “I’m a vegetarian because I suddenly think that I don’t want any animals to be killed to live, because I know I can live perfectly fine without meat or fish,” Lumley said.
She added that her husband, conductor Stephen Barlow, is working abroad this weekend and she will try a vegetarian diet.
“With all the stuff you can eat, vegetables and seeds, nuts and mushrooms, sauces and condiments, you can make great food. But it’s very difficult when you go to one person,” says Lumley. you cook for you.”
“They can manage being a vegetarian, but being a vegetarian they can’t. So I waver a bit between the two.”
The star, who has son Jamie, 54, from a previous relationship, added that she is as energetic and takes power naps as Sir Winston Churchill. She said she didn’t expect the Queen to read her book but sent her a copy.
Lumley said she wanted to dedicate it to the Queen, but the monarch’s personal secretary told her she did not want these kinds of tributes.
She added: “I said, ‘If I were to send the book to the Queen, do you think Her Majesty would get it?” They said, ‘Please send it in and we will see it placed before Your Majesty.’
“And I almost know for a fact that the Queen and the late Prince Philip never read the book about themselves. But I have sent it to many other members of the Royal Family and I know it has been well received. . So that makes me feel extremely happy.”
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