Joanna Lumley was broke for over 10 years into her career and lived ‘hand to mouth’

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Joanna Lumley says she was broke for over 10 years into her career.

The actress said she did not get out of debt until she was 32.

The former Coronation Street star said she lived “hand to mouth”.

This was even after landing her break in 70s TV hit The New Avengers.

Joanna, 74, said: “It was fairly anxious, you think, ‘Where do I get the next 10 bob from?’ I couldn’t get out of the red.”

Joanna Lumley says she was broke for over 10 years into her career
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The former Coronation Street star said she lived “hand to mouth”
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