Alive 107.3 Patron Joanna Lumley has been awarded the Bafta Fellowship at a star studded award ceremony in London last night .
Best known for playing champagne-sipping Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has had one of the most varied careers in British entertainment.
After starting out as a model she was propelled to fame in the 1970s as Purdey in The New Avengers.
The Fellowship is, quite simply, the academy’s highest honour. Previous recipients include Michael Palin, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Julie Walters.
Few would dispute that she is a deserving name to be added to that list.
After last nights award she said .
“We as actors, we’re dragged about in golden carriages… we are furnished with words, costumed, made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better. We have people who drive us, who dress us. We have all this”.
“For me this is paradise because I’m here where I wanted to be – I’m in the company that I wish to keep ever since I was young. I wanted to be with people who left race and religion and age and gender and shoe size and things outside the door when they came. People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations.”