'I never would have accepted' Joanna Lumley on why she'd refuse damehood from the Queen


“I always forgot that. Honestly, I’m so excited, I can’t tell you,” she exclaimed.

“I was the proud owner of an OBE, which we call an Obi Wan Kenobi, but I had an OBE and I thought, ‘This is just magic, nothing can be finer than this’ and OBE doesn’t usually lead, a CBE, which is a step up from that, usually leads to being a Dame.” 

Joanna received her damehood for services to drama, entertainment and charitable causes, which she described as a “fabulous” and “incredibly charming” moment in her life. 

Joanna said: “When this letter arrived on December 4 so it was quite late, my husband wasn’t there because he was in Birmingham and I opened this letter which looked a little bit formal and I thought, ‘Oh God, this will be something else I’ve left out, another ticket or something’ and anyway, it said ‘your name has been put forward for a DBE’ and I burst into tears.” 


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