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Joanna Lumley OBE (born 1st May 1946 in Kashmir, India) has achieved great national fame throughout her acting career for roles in such television shows as The New Avengers, Sapphire And Steel and Absolutely Fabulous. She was a "Bond girl" in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and appeared on Coronation Street for a short period between July and August 1973 as Elaine Perkins, girlfriend of Ken Barlow. Her other credits include Are You Being Served?, Lovejoy and Agatha Christie's Marple. In 1994 she appeared in the documentary series Girl Friday, in which she spent nine days stranded on a desert island.

In 2016, she appeared in a big screen version of the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. She was awarded the OBE in 1995.

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