Joanna Lumley Explains How To Be A National Treasure And Still Look Hot At 67 – she started as a model and on the way to being a national treasure has even taken on the British government (and won) and as her latest movie is up for several Oscars she gives us as a few hints as to how she does it all.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping published this month Joanna seems very much at peace with the whole idea of ageing unlike many of those in the public eye and facing such scrutiny over their looks and how they dress.
Indeed she says that she is quite happy with the different roles that are now open to her as an actress and can’t see why she would even consider having plastic surgery saying ‘I’m really not against it (cosmetic surgery) but what’s the point of getting stuff done when I’m looking to play older people like grannies?’
This may also have something to do with the fact that Joanna is still a stunning looking woman who has beautiful skin and incredible bone structure so is still able to play a wide range of roles and has certainly not been cast into the “granny role” by anyone just yet. This places Joanna into the same ‘hot older British actress’ category as Helen Mirren and Felicity Kendal.
In fact Joanna’s career has always been very diverse and in addition to her great looks she has also had the sort of classy voice that have made many men melt. Add to this a very high level of intelligence (when a large group of well-known people took the Common Entrance Exam in 1981 only our greatest historian of that time, AJP Taylor, beat her and then only by 2 marks).
As well as playing a Bond girl (1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service),the all action stocking and suspenders wearing Purdey in The New Avengers she has also played Doctor Who in the 1990 Comic Relief version of the show Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death and even stripped live in front of millions of viewers for Comic Relief. Joanna’s tv strip for 1983’s Comic Relief programme was typical of her dedication to charity fundraising which has always taken up much of her time.
In 2008/9 Joanna was heavily involved in the fight for Gurkhas who had served in the British Army before 1997 being given the right to settle in Britain. After several embarrassing moments for the government Joanna and the Gurkhas won their campaign and her professional campaigning led many people to call for her to stand for parliament herself, a call which Joanna quickly rejected.
Amongst the tips on looking great that Joanna gives to Good Housekeeping she reveals that she cuts and colours her own hair and also has no time for labels in any of her clothes not caring who makes them or what size they are. She says that it is important not to wear your clothes too tight as this only makes you look bigger and you are better off buying the next size up.
Although Joanna doesn’t have a sweet tooth she is always tempted by peanuts and said ‘I would have to be dragged in by a lorry if I ate as many salted peanuts as I would like to!’
You can see Joanna in the Oscar-nominated movie The Wolf of Wall Street playing opposite (and kissing) Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and catch up on the full interview in Good Housekeeping in the current issue on sale now.
Just in case you missed it at the time, or perhaps have fond memories of it and want to watch it again, here is Joanna’s live strip for Children In Need back in 1983.