At age eight, settled with family in Tunbridge Wells, England
Left school at age 17 to pursue career as a fashion model
Was a successful model in Great Britain
Made feature film debut in a small role in "Some Girls Do"
Appeared as a Bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
First major role in films, "The Games That Lovers Play"
Appeared in final Hammer Studios Dracula film, "The Satanic Rites of Dracula/Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride" (released in the USA in 1978)
Played Elaine Perkins in the long-running British prime-time soap opera, "Coronation Street"
Landed first major role as Purdey in "The New Avengers," a revival of the secret agent series "The Avengers" (aired in the USA in 1978)
Starred opposite David McCallum in the sci-fi adventure series, "Sapphire & Steel"
Had featured role in "Trail of the Pink Panther"
Co-starred in "Curse of the Pink Panther"
Wrote a column published in the London <i>Times</i> in the 1980s
Supported Pauline Collins in the film version of "Shirley Valentine"
Cast as Patsy Stone in the popular English comedy series, "Absolutely Fabulous" (aired in the USA on Comedy Central in 1994-95)
Appeared in the British series, "Lovejoy," as widow Victoria Cavero
Had pivotal role in "Cold Comfort Farm"
Reprised Patsy in the TV-movie, "Absoultely Fabulous: The Last Shout"
Provided a character voice in "James and the Giant Peach"
Portrayed Mrs. Lovett in the Showtime movie, "The Tale of Sweeney Todd"
Provided the voice for Sims the chicken in the animated series, "The Foxbusters"
Had rare unsuccessful sitcom lead in "Dr. Willoughby"
Re-teamed with Jennifer Saunders for the unsuccessful series, "Mirrorball"
Made TV producing debut with "The Cazelets"
Portrayed Eleanor Glyn in "The Cat's Meow" (released theatrically in the USA in 2002)
Reprised role of Patsy Stone in new series of "Absolutely Fabulous"; co-written by and co-starring Jennifer Saunders
Garnered acclaim as star of "Up in Town," six ten-minute dramas aired on BBC2
Co-starred in the film, "Ella Enchanted"
Voiced Maudeline Everglot in Tim Burton's animated feature, "Corpse Bride"
Published her autobiography, <i>No Room for Secrets</i>
Starred as the elderly Delilah Stagg in the sitcom, "Jam & Jerusalem" with Jennifer Saunders
Joined the second series of "Sensitive Skin," playing the main character Davina Jackson
Played a strong-willed Princess in her Broadway debut, David Hirson's "La Bete"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play