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Joanna Lumley Defends Brexit Supporters, Insisting The Majority Are Not 'Cruel And Wicked'

'Most people in this country have good hearts and a sense of justice and generosity.'

09/05/2017 09:22 BST | Updated 09/05/2017 09:23 BST

Joanna Lumley has defended supporters of Brexit, insisting the majority are not “bastards”. 

The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star spoke out about the current political unrest in the UK during an interview with Radio Times

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While she was not drawn on which way she voted in last June’s referendum, Joanna was supportive of those who voted to leave the EU. 

“We have to remember that most people in this country have good hearts and a sense of justice and generosity,” she said. 

“What is highlighted are the bastards who say and do cruel and wicked things but we must remember the majority aren’t those people.”

Earlier this year, the 71-year-old admitted she could “understand a great deal about the Brexiteers’ problems”. 

Speaking to HuffPost UK on an episode of ‘BUILD’, Joanna said of the EU’s decision making process: “You can understand people saying, ‘Let’s get out of this. Let’s make our own decisions.”

However, she went on to add: “On the other hand, the world is turning far faster than we thought it was. There are far more dangers, and I think far more anger.”

Joanna has never been one to shy away from discussing political issues in the past, having been a fierce protester for the rights of the Gurkhas. 

Meanwhile, it has been announced the actress will receive the top honour at this Sunday’s Bafta TV Awards, picking up the prestigious Fellowship for her contribution to British television.

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