Joanna Lumley

Scare tactics: The Hammer horror film posters with real bite

"Tit and fang" is how the poet Philip Larkin summed up Hammer Films' output and, give or take the odd ill-fated deviation from the formula, he wasn't wrong. Cobwebs, coffins, crucifixes, bats, bubbling test tubes, buckets of blood, crumbling castles, barely restrained cleavages: these were the emblems of Hammer horror and, against the odds, they scared the bejesus out of movie-goers in the late Fifties and Sixties.

Tea with the President for 'goddess' Lumley

Joanna Lumley's de facto state visit to Nepal continued yesterday as the star of Absolutely Fabulous had tea with the President, gave the Prime Minister a scarf and greeted yet more thankful Gurkhas with their traditional war cry "Ayo Gurkhali!" ("The Gurkhas are coming")

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The unsung heroes who ensured campaign's success

Joanna Lumley has, of course, become the very public face of the struggle for Gurkha rights and yesterday the Prime Minister's spokesman was asked whether she will receive an honour for her part in the campaign.

Joss Whedon - And they call it Buffy love

On the tenth anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer hitting British screens Julian Hall talks to its creator Joss Whedon about the show’s Englishness and its resonance from beyond the grave

Joanna Lumley: The avenger

With her triumphant espousal of the Gurkhas' cause, a much-loved actress has added political clout to her very English brand of charm