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Joanna Lumley wins lifetime achievement prize at Women In Film And TV Awards


Joanna Lumley, seen playing Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, at an awards ceremony

Joanna Lumley, seen playing Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, at an awards ceremony

Joanna Lumley, seen playing Absolutely Fabulous's Patsy, at an awards ceremony

Actress Joanna Lumley celebrated being Absolutely Fabulous as she was honoured with a top prize at the Women In Film And TV (WFTV) Awards in London.

The 69-year-old, with a career spanning over 40 years, received the EON lifetime achievement award from her comedy co-star Jennifer Saunders at a star-studded ceremony in London.

Lumley, a passionate campaigner for Nepal's Gurkhas and animal welfare, is best known for playing party-loving PR Patsy Stone in the BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous, being a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and starring as Purdey in The New Avengers.

Catastrophe actress Sharon Horgan was given the creative skillset writing award for her Channel 4 comedy series by her co-writer and co-star Rob Delaney, while Charlotte Rampling received the achievement for MAC best performance for her role in 45 Years, alongside Tom Courtenay, from Olivia Colman.

The 25th annual Women In Film And TV Awards, which took place at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel, were hosted by presenter Sandi Toksvig, who also won the ITV Studios achievement of the year prize.

Other winners included director Amma Asante, BBC news presenter Mishal Husain, screenwriter Regina Moriarty - the creator of BBC3's award-winning drama Murdered By My Boyfriend, documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto, producer Leslee Udwin, journalist Tulip Mazumdar and production designer Sarah Greenwood.

WFTV chief executive Kate Kinninmont said: "For 25 years, these awards have celebrated and recognised the talented women in film and television, and this year our winners are once again an outstanding group of creative women.

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"We are particularly thrilled to honour Joanna Lumley's remarkable career with The EON Lifetime Achievement award. She is incredibly well respected and a huge talent and we are delighted to have her here today. Every year, the calibre of nominees is extremely high and this year has been no exception."

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