Joanna Lumley


Joanna Lumley Bio

Who is Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE FRGS is an English actress, voice-over artist, former model, author and activist, who starred in the British television series Absolutely Fabulous.

Early Life (Childhood)

Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir, India. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.

Interesting Facts

Lumley is a vegetarian and an active crusader for animal rights. She has Scottish, English, Danish (from a maternal great-grandfather), and Irish ancestry.

Personal Life

Lumley has one son, Jamie Lumley, born in 1967, from a relationship with photographer Michael Claydon.The first of her two subsequent marriages was to comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd. In 1986, she married conductor Stephen Barlow; they live in London.


Lumley was awarded the OBE in 1995 for her services to drama and charity. She received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Kent at Canterbury in July 1994 and from Oxford Brookes University in 2002.