Joanna Lumley has been given a lifetime achievement award at the Women In Film and TV Awards at a ceremony in London.

The 69 year old star, who is currently filming the big screen adaptation of her much-loved comedy ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ alongside Jennifer Saunders, was awarded the EON Lifetime Achievement Award a smart ceremony in London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel on Thursday night (December 3rd), which was hosted by presenter and politician Sandi Toksvig. Her award was given to her by none other than Saunders herself.

Joanna LumleyJoanna Lumley won the EON Lifetime Achievement award at the WFTV Awards

Lumley’s TV and film career stretches over four decades, but she’s probably most fondly remembered as Patsy Stone, the dysfunctional best friend of Saunders’ character Edina Monsoon in ‘Ab Fab’. She’s also been in a James Bond film (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) as well as ‘The New Avengers’. Outside of entertainment, she has long been a campaigner for Gurkhas’ rights.

Sharon Horgan, who co-wrote and starred in Channel 4’s comedy ‘Catastrophe’ alongside Rob Delaney, won the creative skillset writing award. Actress Charlotte Rampling was awarded the MAC Best Performance gong for her role in 45 Years, alongside Tom Courtenay, from Olivia Colman.

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Other award winners included film director Amma Asante, BBC news presenter Mishal Husain, screenwriter Regina Moriarty (the creator of BBC Three's award-winning drama ‘Murdered by my Boyfriend’), journalist Tulip Mazumdar and producer Leslee Udwin.

WFTV’s chief execution Kate Kinninmont said after the show: “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.”

“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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