's character in Absolutely Fabulous
. Patsy is a daughter of an unknown father and a bohemian
woman who cared nothing for her children (crying after Patsy's birth, "Take it away! And bring me another lover...") and was practically brought up by the mother of her friend Edina Monsoon
, or "Eddie." She is actually somewhat older than Eddie, since Patsy's mother didn't think to send her to school
for some years.
During their adolescence in the 1960s, Patsy was the pretty, popular one (Eddie: "Pats used to go out with Keith Moon." Patsy: "Well, sort of, I mean I woke up underneath him in a hotel bedroom once.") Patsy did at some point end up taking care of her elderly mother until her death, but doesn't really seem to have let that interfere with her drugging and drinking and fun. She eventually became fashion director at a magazine ("One snap of my fingers and I can raise hemlines so high the world's your gynecologist!") after sleeping with the publisher, but rarely actually goes to work.
She and Eddie spend most of their time just trying to be fashionable, drunk, stoned, and enjoying themselves, to the exclusion of everyone else; Patsy is even jealous enough when Edina acquires a boyfriend to try and break them up. Of course, she hates Edina's conservative daughter Saffron Monsoon, and the feeling is mutual; Saffron feels Patsy is a freeloader and bad influence. At some point Patsy went to the Betty Ford Clinic but after coming back to London clean, relapsed as soon as Edina offered her a drink. She can't stand the idea of growing old, insisting she's thirty-nine when a magazine interviews her as the lover of a member of Parliament when and says she's forty-seven.