I wasnt prepared to endure all of that. View comments, today: Actress Alexandra Bastedo, early one morning in February, actress Alexandra Bastedo was lying awake in bed pondering how to pay the bills for her animal charity when she brushedher arm lightly against her right breast and felt a lump. For a legendary beauty defined by her appearance, it would be fair to assume it is even more distressing. So, just four days after discovering the lump, Alexandra was in a Harley Street clinic having her breast removed. She more recently played a model friend of Joanna Lumleys Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous. She was pursued by many of Hollywood's leading men. As any woman of my age would know, you develop a bit of crinkly skin between the breasts, so I said to the surgeon, If you can get rid of that while youre operating, it would be terrific, and she did. The ABC sanctuary is in the grounds of her home in West Chiltington, near Arundel. No oncologist will ever tell you the cancer will never come back, she says. If I hadnt taken them, Im certain I wouldnt have had a thing wrong with me, she says. Prince Charles and Camilla invited Alexandra and her husband Patrick on a cruise in the Aegean after her lumpectomy. Lindsay was the most beautiful boy, she says. Vitamin B complex for the nerves and to prevent depression; B1, which keeps away bugs; vitamin E, which helps with skin, nails and hair; and evening primrose oil, which helps with hormones. It was agony, says Alexandra. Prime members enjoy free Two-Day Shipping and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The glamour roles continued in later life. I know they would have all been on their way to the abattoir if it hadnt been for me and I want the sanctuary to survive after I have gone, she says. At 20 she co-starred in Casino Royale with Peter Sellers and David Niven. In fact, it was disfigured by cancer. I havent dwelt on it at all, she adds, before admitting: Well, there are moments when Im trying to pick a dress to wear in the evening when it does become difficult. So she hosts open days and other events, including a recent auction to raise money to keep the donkeys and ponies in hay next winter.