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6 facts about Joanna Lumley: age, love life and more

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Joanna Lumley is exploring her home country in Joanna Lumley's Home Sweet Home: Travels in My Own Lands. Speaking about her new series, she said: "I seem to have spent a lifetime travelling the world, but as I get older, I realise there's so much of my own country I haven't seen. So, I decided that using my traveller's eyes… I'm going to turn that vision onto this country, the place that I now call home." 

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The Absolutely Fabulous actress is something of a national treasure, but how much do you really know about her? Get all the info about the one and only Joanna Lumley here... 

joanna posing with roses© Getty
The English actress has travelled all over the world

1. How old is Joanna Lumley? 

Joanna is 77 years old and looks absolutely incredible! She previously opened up about ageing gracefully, telling Good Housekeeping: "I'm really not against [cosmetic surgery] but what's the point of getting stuff done when I'm looking to play older people like grannies? They are not going to cast me as a 35-year-old – there are 35-year-olds to do that. You have got to think very carefully what you want done." 

Joanna at the EE British Academy Film Awards© Getty
Joanna at the EE British Academy Film Awards

She also opened up about her diet, saying: "I eat like a sensible person. I haven't got a very sweet tooth but I love salted things like nuts. I would have to be dragged in by a lorry if I ate as many salted peanuts as I would like to!" 

2. Is Joanna Lumley married?

Joanna is married to conductor Stephen Barlow, and opened up about how her extensive travels affect her relationship with her husband, saying: "We are both independent. I love being on my own. When I'm away, I don't even phone home. Incidentally I come from a different generation where we couldn't usually afford to phone home, so I've never been used to it.

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"I like to write a postcard. I won't phone, that takes your travelling head away from you… You don't want people keep phoning. If you're on the other side of the world it's always the wrong time."

Joanna with her husband Stephen smiling© Getty
Joanna with her husband Stephen

3. Does Joanna Lumley have children?

Joanna is a mum, and a grandma! She had one son, 55-year-old Jamie Lumley, who has two daughters, Alice and Emily. Joanna has a very close relationship with Jamie, who she raised as a single parent. 

Joanna welcomed her son in 1967© Getty
Joanna welcomed her son in 1967

4. Struggles with depression 

The actress has been candid regarding her struggle with depression, and opened up about it on The Jonathan Ross Show. She said: "Occasionally I get eclipsed by sadness or depression, the black dog on your shoulder, and feel lousy for two or three months. And then one morning everything’s thrilling again." She later adds in the conversation: "You’ve got to have lived life to the full and been grateful." 

5. Her love of boxing 

Visiting a boxer who is a rising star in Havana in  a recent travel series, Joanna revealed that she loves boxing! She said: "I just adore boxing. I know it's not considered terribly good to love these pugilistic things but I just love it, it's one of the oldest forms of fighting." 

Joanna posing with boxer© Shutterstock
Joanna talks about her love of boxing

6. Her charity work 

The impressive star is a keen human rights activist for the Gurkha Justice Campaign and Survival International. She also supports a number of animal welfare groups, including Vegetarian's International Voice for Animals, and is a patron for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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