Dame Joanna Lumley speaks about the pride of honor.
The Absolutely Fabulous actress received an OBE in 1995 and most recently a DBE at New Year’s Honors in 2022 for her services to drama, entertainment, and philanthropy.
Speaking of her girl, she said: It was the most unexpected thing in the world.
“I was the proud owner of the OBE we call Obi-Wan Kenobi. But I had an OBE and thought, ‘This is just magic, there’s nothing better than this’ and OBEs usually don’t lead CBEs. , going up one level from there usually leads to women.”
“So when this letter arrived on December 4th it was too late and my husband wasn’t there because he was in Birmingham and I opened up this letter that looked a bit formal and said, ‘Oh my God, this is something else I missed, another ticket or something else,’ she said. ‘ And I burst into tears when I said anyway that your name was put forth for DBE. Jessie, it was so shocking that I cried.
“I got a letter from the Honors Committee… they were the kindest little trio for drama, entertainment and charity. I wouldn’t have accepted it for charity because I think it’s up to you whether you want to respect it if you do it for good. Do you know what I mean? And my OBE was given to me for service, whether it be a drama or a variety show or whatever.”