Joanna Lumley's ex discovered he fathered actor's child 'reading paper': 'Didn't know!' – Daily Express

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Joanna is a guest on Saturday evening’s Jonathan Ross Show at 10:20pm on ITV. Jonathan Ross is joined by a star-studded line-up including the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. National Treasure Joanna also features alongside ‘50 Shades of Grey’ heart-throb Jamie Dornan and Line of Duty star Shalom Brune-Franklin. 
Meanwhile, broadcaster Holly Willoughby swaps her This Morning presenting duties to be a guest on Jonathan’s beloved chat show.
Music will be provided by legendary Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn who will perform a track from his new solo album ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’.
Joanna is adored for her performance as Patsy Stone in beloved nineties sit-com Absolutely Fabulous, while she also made headlines in the following decades for her philanthropy.
In the sixties, Joanna spent three years as a model before making her acting debut in 1969 with a small, uncredited role in the film Some Girls Do, and as a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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The actor would go on to become a New Avenger in the seventies yet while her career was slowly taking off, she was a single parent, with the identity of her child Jamie’s father kept a secret.
Gossip columns frequently linked the birth to some of the star’s high profile romances, including with singer Rod Stewart.
However, the identity of the boy’s father, Michael Claydon, was kept a mystery with the photographer himself only discovering the news when he read it in the paper.
He told The Mirror in 1998: “I didn’t know a thing.


“I only realised I was a dad when I read it in the papers back in the sixties.”
Michael then opened up on how he met Joanna.
He said: “It was 1966 and I had a studio in Chelsea King’s Road. When Joanna walked in my eyes nearly popped out. 
“She was in this tiny bikini and I thought ‘Wow’. I wanted to ask her for a date but I didn’t have the courage. 
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“But two weeks later I rang and asked her out to the pictures. When she agreed I couldn’t believe it.
“But we didn’t end up at the cinema. On our first date, I was taken home to meet her parents.
“She had a gorgeous big house in the Kent countryside and made me feel very welcome. Even though it was a first date it didn’t seem a heavy thing to do. 
“We just enjoyed ourselves.”

The pair were together for a year but ultimately had an “amicable split”. 
On the relationship, Michael added: “We had really good times and also some bad times. 
“But remember this was the Swinging Sixties and we were very young. Things didn’t work out. It wasn’t the right time.”

Joanna chose to raise her son as a single parent, with Michael only revealing to Jamie he was his father decades into his life.
On her decision to not name her son’s father Joanna only said: “It was never a problem for Jamie.”
The Jonathan Ross Show airs at 10:20pm on Saturday on ITV.
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