Dame Joanna Lumley would be 'quite happy' to have a gin and tonic for supper

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Dame Joanna Lumley on why people were thinner in the 1960s credit:Bang Showbiz
Dame Joanna Lumley on why people were thinner in the 1960s credit:Bang Showbiz

Dame Joanna Lumley would be "quite happy" to have a gin and tonic for supper.

The 76-year-old actress - who is known for her role as boozy fashion editor Patsy Stone on iconic sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous' alongside Jennifer Saunders as hapless PR guru Edina Monsoon - admitted that she "doesn't have a sweet tooth" and prefers salty snacks for dinner.

She said: "I would be quite happy with a gin and tonic and some nuts for supper. I do love crisps too, especially when combined with the excuse of a dip. It means you can try all kinds of tortillas and stuff. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a salty tooth. I don’t long for chocolates or cakes."

The former model went on to explain that when she moved to London in the 1960s, she and her flatmates were without a fridge and once bought "very cheap offal" intended for cats but claimed that people were "thinner" in those days because there was not a widespread culture of fast food that exists today.

She told the MailOnline: "When I moved to London, four of us shared a flat in Earl’s Court and we didn’t have a fridge.

So we’d store the milk on the windowsill. If occasionally, as a model, I was taken out to dinner, I would steal the bread rolls and put them in my bag to take home.I remember once buying some very cheap offal from the butcher called melts [ox spleen]. You usually feed it to pets. We thought, well, if cats can eat it, we probably can too. It was utterly repellent. In those days, everybody was thinner because there was no fast food. Now there are all these delivery companies.

This idea that your life is so busy that you can’t be bothered to shop, with people just bringing stuff to you… it’s terribly expensive. Just make it yourself!"