Joanna Lumley is a British actress, born in India. She played the Thirteenth Doctor in the Comic Relief sketch The Curse of Fatal Death in 1999; although unofficial, this makes Lumley one of only two women to date who have played the Doctor in a BBC-licensed production. The other is Arabella Weir, who played an "alternate universe" Doctor for a Big Finish Productions audio drama.
Outside of Doctor Who, she is perhaps best known for playing Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous (alongside Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield), Sapphire in the sci-fi series Sapphire & Steel and Purdey in The New Avengers (a continuation of the series created by Sydney Newman). She also had a small role in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service alongside Catherine Schell and also had a role in the two Pink Panther movies produced following the death of Peter Sellers.