Joanna Lumley; Jennifer Saunders as Edina and Patsy in 'Absolutely Fabulous'

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Joanna Lumley; Jennifer Saunders as Edina and Patsy in 'Absolutely Fabulous', by Trevor Leighton, 1996 - NPG x125837 - © Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Joanna Lumley; Jennifer Saunders as Edina and Patsy in 'Absolutely Fabulous'

by Trevor Leighton
cibachrome print, 1996
11 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (293 mm x 293 mm)
Given by Trevor Leighton, 1999 in conjunction with the exhibition 'Faces of the Century'
Photographs Collection
NPG x125837

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  • Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist associated with 248 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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'Ab Fab' began as a short sketch in a French and Saunders television show. Saunders developed the idea, and the first series ran in 1992. It starred Saunders (b.1958) as Edina (left), head of a PR agency, and Lumley (b. 1946) as her friend Patsy (right), editor of a fashion magazine. Lumley moved from playing classic English roses to drunken, louche Patsy, reinventing herself as an exceptional comedic actress to the surprise and delight of viewers. The series was immediately a great success, winning two BAFTA awards. A further four series and four specials followed, with a further special for the 2012 Olympics.

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  • Faces of the Century, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 October 1999 to 30 January 2000), p. 69

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