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Dame Joanna Lumley joins the Animal Free Labcast

Published on September 20, 2023

Dame Joanna Lumley

Dame Joanna Lumley, Patron

Dame Joanna Lumley kicks off the new series of our podcast, the Animal Free Labcast, in style, aired from Wednesday 20 September 2023.

Dame Joanna, longstanding Patron of Animal Free Research UK, is interviewed candidly about her life and involvement in animal protection by podcast host and CEO of Animal Free Research UK, Carla Owen.

During the 40-minute interview, listeners will hear about Joanna’s childhood spent surrounded by nature and the great impact this had on her, as well as heartfelt insights into the huge role animals play in her day-to-day life in London.

“They are the best, most charming, courteous, gentle little creatures” says Joanna Lumley speaking about her love of urban foxes.

The conversation highlights her lifelong commitment to campaigning for animals, her philosophy behind this and why she is urging the Government to support the transition away from the use of animals in medical research and embrace human-specific technologies.

“My feeling which is so strong” Dame Joanna tells host Carla “is that all living creatures have a right, just as much as I do, to life, and a life without pain and a life of freedom.”

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Host Carla Owen said: “Dame Joanna Lumley is a hugely passionate advocate for animals, and I’m thrilled to share our exclusive and wide-ranging conversation on the Animal Free Labcast. Listen in on us chatting about everything from where her love of animals comes from, the leaps and bounds made in animal free research, and what we can all do to make the world a kinder place. Available wherever you get your podcasts.”

The Animal Free Labcast is a frank, lively exchange of ideas and experiences with leading scientists, policy makers and animal protection ambassadors – all of whom are part of the animal free innovation revolution. Previous guests include pioneering scientist Dr Don Ingber and actor and campaigner Carol Royle.

Guests cut through the noise and complexities to break down the urgent need to accelerate human relevant science and end the medical emergency, which is in large part caused by the continued reliance on animals as models for human disease research.


Tune in for an inspiring conversation with the UK’s most loved animal advocate. Series 1-3 are available wherever you get your podcasts including Spotify and Apple


There will be a new episode every two weeks and all episodes from series 1 and 2 are available to listen now. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Animal Free Labcast on your podcast provider so you don’t miss an episode.

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