An award-winning actress, voice-over artist, former model, author and activist, Joanna Lumley’s popularity has spread across the globe. She is perhaps best known for her comedic role as Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous.
She has also played leading and supporting roles in numerous highly successful films, TV series and plays. More recently, her travel documentary series from around the world has been hugely popular. Among her many awards, she has been the recipient of three BAFTAs and in 2017 was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. She has also received a string of honorary Doctorates from British universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Joanna is a keen advocate for human rights and is also patron to several charities.
Do everything to the best of your ability, enjoy it, and success will come from doing something that you really love.
When you smile or put on a happy face, it’s amazing what a difference this can make.
I have always tried to be kind because I was taught to be courteous, and one of the great kindnesses in the world is courtesy.
As children grow older, parents shouldn’t become ambitious for their children. Sometimes parents have a vision of how their son or daughter will turn out, what they want them to be. Don’t dream too much for your children, simply be there. See what they want to do.
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