Joanna LumleyJoanna Lumley looked absolutely fabulous picking up her special Lifetime Achievement award at the NTAs.

But what we really wanted to know is the 66-year-old’s secret to looking good.

She told us, ‘Lashings of make up! The best lighting you can get. Smiling – because as you get older, you look grimmer. I look like a hatchet when I’m not smiling!

She added, ‘Don’t worry too much, and do moderation in moderation. There’s no problem with a glass of champagne!’

Joanna was noticeably touched to receive her special award and was in tears backstage. ‘What touched me so much was seeing a picture of my daddy, who’s dead now,’ she sobbed. ‘He was the inspiration behind me supporting the Gurkhas as much as I did. My family were everything to me, and my parents are gone now, but I’ve got them in here.’

Joanna was also in a reflective mood, and mused on what advice she would give her younger self.

‘I’d tell her what I was told as an 18 year old. Don’t give up. Never give up. When it’s really dark and the car looks as though it’s skidding into the corner, don’t give up. Keep on trying.’

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