Joanna Lumley: Swinging '60s Bond Girl Who Played Ab-Fab's Patsy

By | June 22, 2018

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Left: Joanna Lumley, the 'Bond' girl and star of the TV series 'The Avengers' as Purdy beside an anti-war poster icirca 1965 Right: Lumley as Patsy on 'Absolutely Fabulous.' Sources: Keystone/Getty Images; IMDB

Being a Bond Girl, which Joanna Lumley was, is a nice thing for the tombstone, but when Absolutely Fabulous came calling Lumley, a model and veteran  of the '60s institution The Avengers, took her career to a whole new level. On AbFab, which began its long run on British TV in the early '90s, Lumley played a boozy aging model who'd had a hell of a time in the '60s. As a famed beauty of Swinging London and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lumley might have had just a smidgen of lived experience to draw upon in her role as Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous.

Joanna Lumley Was A Quintessential British Beauty

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Joanna Lumley British actress and model/Joanna Lumley. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

Joanna Lamond Lumley is a famous British actress who was well known and recognized in the '60s. In her day, Lumley was one of those iconic and beautiful bombshells that took the entertainment world to its collective knees.