We’ve been rendered paralytic with excitement over the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie – hitting our screens later this summer – and now, the show’s cast have confirmed for good a long-standing fan theory: that the iconic Patsy Stone is, in fact, transgender.
The pair confirmed the character’s background during an interview with V Magazine – discussing Edina and Patsy’s impact on LGBT culture and their relationship with the community:
“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 a plot,” they told V magazine.
“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 to be a lesbian or that Serge is gay and living in New York.
"It’s completely normal that Patsy is transgender.”
In earlier series, Patsy’s gender identity had been the subject of speculation. During the 1970s in Morocco, Patsy – played by Joanna Lumley - underwent gender-reassignment surgery and briefly lived as a man; but, as best pal Edina Monsoon said, “it fell off”.
The movie, out this July, see’s Eddie and Pats escape to the South of France after Edina gets embroiled in a murky scandal that sees Kate Moss pushed into the River Thames.
The model is set to make a cameo in the film, along with - and take a deep breath - Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Lowe, Daniel Lismore, Dawn French, Ella Eyre, Foxes, Graham Norton, Giles Deacon, Gwendoline Christie, Jade Parfitt, Jamie Laing, Jean Paul Gaultier, Janette Tough, Jeremy Paxman, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Jodie Harsh, Jourdan Dunn, Judith Chalmers, Kathy Lette, Kelly Hoppen, Kirsty Wark, La Roux, La Voix, Lara Stone, Lily Cole, Marcia Warren, Mark Gatiss, Miquita Oliver, Nick Grimshaw, Nick Mohammed, Orla Guerin, Ozwald Boateng, Pam Hogg, Perez Hilton, Poppy Delevingne, Richard Arnold, Robert Webb, Rylan Clark, Sadie Frost, Sophie Raworth, Stella McCartney, Suki Waterhouse, Suzy Menkes, Tinie Tempah and Wanda Ventham.
Not bad, huh?