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Joanna Lumley: 'Patsy is a strong woman. She has to be. She hasn't eaten since 1973'

11 December 2011 11:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bond girl, fashion icon, renowned stage actor, Gurkha champion: Joanna Lumley has had a wonderful career. But it is her portrayal of Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous that is stamped on the nation's consciousness. She talks about the new episodes of the show

Perhaps, in retrospect, it was a mistake to mention Eleanor of Aquitaine's nipples to Joanna Lumley. And yet it seemed irresistible. After all, in the 1968 film version of James Goldman's Broadway play The Lion in Winter, Katharine Hepburn makes great play of them during Eleanor's so-called desolation monologue.

Picture the scene: it's Christmas, 1183, at the Château de Chinon. Eleanor, who has been imprisoned by her husband King Henry II of England (Peter O'Toole) since 1173, to be let out only for the holidays, has spent most of the action sparring with him and his hotsy-totsy mistress, or taunting her sons, compost-smelling John, historically neglible Geoffrey and future Lionheart, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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