English actress Joanna Lumley, OBE was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1946. She is especially well known for playing the roles of the glamorous Purdey (successor to Mrs. Peel) on The New Avengers (1976-77), and the hard-drinking, chain-smoking Patsy Stone in the BBC-TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous (1992-96). Lumley has narrated two BBC documentaries with Buddhist content: Kingdom of the Lost Boy (April 1996), the excellent film about the young Panchen Lama, and Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon (November 1997), a documentary about her visit to the mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Lumley also supports Choose Cruelty Free, a non-profit organisation dedicated to stopping produt testing on animals. More recently Lumley appeared as the piemaker Mrs. Lovett, engaging in some very unwholesome karma in the film The Tale of Sweeney Todd, and was active in fundraising for the victims of the 1999 floods in Orissa (India).