Joanna Lumley's first major role was as Purdey in The new Avangers, a revival of the secret agent series The Avangers.

Joanna Lumley has revealed that her character in the 1960s television series The Avengers was originally named Charlie. However the actress complained that it was the same name as a popular perfume and coincided with the TV programme Charlie's Angels.
Instead, the female sidekick to the suave Steed became Purdey.

She then became the darling of hairdressers all over Britain when she created the short bob hairstyle for her character. Lumley said that the programme makers "bought the change of name and they also bought my short haircut", which was going against the fashion of the time for very long hair.
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