Well-known British actress Joanna Lumley is backing an ageing Nepali Gurkhaâ€™s bid to win the right to live in Britain, revealing that he helped save her fatherâ€™s life, a report said Thursday.
Lumley, star of the 1970s hit the New Avengers and more recently of hit comedy Absolutely Fabulous, is backing the application of 84-year-old Tul Bahadar Pun, who won the Victoria Cross in World War II.
â€œIâ€™ve known the name Bahadar Pun since I was four. He was an absolute hero in my house,â€ the Indian-born actress said, telling how Pun risked his life in 1944 to rescue her father, Captain James Lumley, from Japanese machine gunners.
â€œI donâ€™t know exactly what happened on that battlefield in 1944 because war was so grim back then ... But what I do know is that it was his bravery that saved so many lives, including my dadâ€™s,â€ she told the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper reported that Punâ€™s application to live in Britain had been refused, but said his lawyers are due to appeal before the immigration courts in August.
It added that the Gurkha veteran has a heart condition, asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, and requires daily medication which is not always available where he lives.