ACTRESS Joanna Lumley has been praised for showing “remarkable coolness” when she came face-to-face with an armed man in a Sheffield bar.
…The actress told police she saw Cottam, from Longley Hall Road, Longley fiddling with a bag. She said: “An object fell to the floor with a thud and I noticed it was a gun. He lent down, picked it up, put it back into the bag and zipped it up.”
The court heard Ms Lumley then went up to Cottam to ask “why he had a firearm and whether he was going to use it to cause harm”.
Prosecutor Nigel Duckworth said: “One might think it quite a brave action. He told Ms Lumley he was not going to use the gun but claimed he was undercover and needed it for protection.
“Ms Lumley knew police had been called and she engaged Cottam in conversation until firearms officers arrived.”
The best part about the coverage of this case is that every story keeps going on about how you’d expect nothing less from the gal who played Purdey in The New Avengers. Okay, not only is The New Avengers a freaking TV show, but it’s a thirty-year-old freaking TV show, condemning a stupid comment to being a tragically dated pop culture reference, too. Moan.