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Jun 03 2016
Joanna Lumley On Patsy: IT'S COMPLETELY NORMAL THAT PATSY IS TRANSGENDER Comments (0)

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Absolutely Fabulous poked fun, from time to time, at the notion that flamboyant Patsy—played by Joanna Lumley—may have begun life as a man. That kind of joke is a little stale these days, so Lumley has upped the ante, declaring her character to actually be a trans woman.

Lumley, 70, tells V Magazine:

You go back and pick through it, the amount of gay references and ease with which it’s been put into the story, without it being dragged along like a great log of plot. It’s really normal that one of [Edina’s] ex-husbands now lives with his young boyfriend. It’s completely normal that [Edina] wants Saffy [Edina’s long-suffering daughter] to be a lesbian or that Serge [Edina’s long lost son] is gay and living in New York. It’s completely normal that Patsy is transgender.

Lumley seems to be referring to those old gags, but in a new, more serious way.

The long-awaited, sure-to-be-amazing movie version of Ab Fab hits theaters in July!

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