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Joanna Lumley wins Oldie award for Gurkha campaign

26 January 10 14:31 GMT

Actress Joanna Lumley has been honoured with the 2010 Oldie Of The Year award for her Gurkha campaign.

Sir Terry Wogan presented the 64-year-old Absolutely Fabulous star with her prize during a ceremony at Simpson's-in-the-Strand in London.

"We would like to award her for her relentless efforts and continuing campaigning for Gurkhas' rights and the Gurkha Justice Campaign," he said.

The annual awards ceremony is run by the monthly magazine The Oldie.

'Handbagger of the year'

Lumley led a successful high-profile battle to win UK residential rights for Gurkhas who fought in the British Army.

After the actress led a series of marches and speeches, the Government changed the immigration rules last May to allow all Gurkhas who retired before 1997 with at least four years' service to settle in the UK.

Sir Terry, who left his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show last month, did not leave the ceremony empty handed, as he was given the Retirer Of The Year gong.

Quentin Blake, whose artwork has been seen by millions in Roald Dahl's books, was named illustrator of the year for his 50-year career.

Chaired by Sir Terry, the judging panel consisted of columnist Quentin Letts, broadcaster Libby Purves, author Jane Thynne and Richard Ingrams, editor of The Oldie.

Sub-categories for the awards, founded in 1992, change every year.

This time around, author PD James was named Handbagger Of The Year for a highly charged, heavily critical interview with BBC director general Mark Thompson on Radio 4's Today programme.

Previous recipients of the Oldie Of The Year prize include Sir David Attenborough, Tony Blackburn and Dame Thora Hird.

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