Dame Joanna Lumley speaks of her pleasure at honours
The Completely Fabulous actress was awarded an OBE in 1995 and lately acquired a DBE within the 2022 New Yr Honours for companies to drama, leisure and charitable causes.
Talking about her damehood, she mentioned: “Actually, I am so excited, I am unable to let you know. It was probably the most surprising factor on this planet.
“I used to be the proud proprietor of an OBE, which we name an Obi-Wan Kenobi, however I had an OBE and I believed ‘that is simply magic, nothing could be finer than this’ and OBE does not often lead, a CBE, which is a step up from that, often results in being a dame.”
She added: “So when this letter arrived on December 4, so it was fairly late, my husband wasn’t there as a result of he was in Birmingham and I opened this letter which regarded just a little bit formal and I believed ‘oh God, this can be one thing else I’ve unnoticed, one other ticket or one thing’ and anyway, it mentioned your identify has been put ahead for a DBE and I burst into tears. Jessie, I burst into tears as a result of it was such a shock.
“You get a letter from the honours committee… they mentioned it was for drama, leisure and charity, in order that was the kindest little trio. I by no means would have accepted it for charity as a result of I believe in case you do good issues, it is as much as you whether or not you need to honour it, are you aware what I imply? And my OBE was given to me to companies to drama or leisure or no matter it was.”