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Lumley's plan to donate all her organs

Press Association logoPress Association 9/05/2017

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley says she hopes to donate all of her organs, or at least whichever "nice" ones are left, after her death.

Lumley turned 71 last week says she's signed away all her organs on a donor form, but just hopes the steady of intake of champagne she's enjoyed during her 50-year acting career hasn't jeopardised their quality too much.

The star actress has told the UK's Radio Times she thinks about death "every day" and has learned that the most important lesson is "to make sure you don't waste life".

When asked if she would like to be cremated or buried after her death, she said: "I've got one of those donor forms that says 'Take anything you want,' so I'm not sure what they do with you.

"I hope they bundle you out to feed you to the foxes - after they've plundered all the nice bits you've got left, if there are any nice bits after I've drained so much champagne."

Her comments came as she was announced the winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) prestigious Fellowship prize, previously claimed by the likes of Sidney Poitier, Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.

It celebrates her long and impressive resume on screen and on stage, including her 24-year run as champagne-swilling Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous.

Remembering her time working alongside Jennifer Saunders on the sitcom, she said: "We used to cry with laughter and it was just paradise.

"I absolutely adored playing Patsy. It was like being given a glass of champagne quite out of the blue and you go 'Oh, my heavens!'."

Her star-spangled career also saw the former model famously take on roles in The New Avengers, Agatha Christie's Marple, Coronation Street and even a stint as an Angel Of Death in James Bond.

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