Joanna Lumley wins BAFTA fellowship award

British actress Joanna Lumley picked up the lifetime achievement award at the BAFTAs which were held last night at a lavish ceremony in London. She was presented with the award by her long time friends and Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders. Lumley received a standing ovation from her peers before giving an impassioned speech about her life in the arts industry.

She praised those she has worked with over the years, stating that it was all down to other people who made her look good. ‘I am an actress, and we are lit and furnished with words and made up in costume, we have stunt doubles to make us look better.’

She went on to make a political point – stating that one of the best things about her job was getting to meet and work with a variety of people, despite their age, gender, race or religion. ‘I wanted to be with people who left race, religion, gender and shoe size outside the door. People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations. I wanted to be in this great circus, in this fellowship.’ She finished by thanking the crowd as her most famous creation Patsy Stone.

Lumley rose to fame back in the seventies while working as a model. She has since gone on to star in several hit TV shows such as The Avengers and Absolutely Fabulous. She has also gained legions of fans through her documentaries where she has travelled to several places such as Japan, India and Iceland.

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