British actress-turned-activist Joanna Lumley has ruled out a move into politics, insisting bureaucratic red tape would leave her wanting to "slit" her throat.

The Absolutely Fabulous star uses her public profile to promote environment and justice campaigns, and she also famously forced a U-turn on rules banning Nepalese soldiers who fought in the British Army from living in the U.K.

Last week (ends14Jun13), she was named campaigner of the year at the Observer Ethical Awards in London, but Lumley is adamant she will not be putting her dedication to official use by pursuing a career at Britain's Houses of Parliament as the work would bore her.

The former Bond girl tells The Observer Magazine, "I've had a good look in there, and I can't do it. It's as if you go inside and the door slams behind you: when you come out you've had a sea change and you talk in a different way, and march to the beat of a different drum.

"Politics involves endless meetings, committees, board meetings and instances where you have to hold clipboards. Everything that makes me want to slit my throat. I just like doing stuff, you know?"