Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson, CBE was born in 1936 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Throughout her teens, Jackson performed at the Towns Women’s Guild drama group. In 1954, she accepted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During her studies, she made her stage debut in Separate Tables (1957), a role she kept for the next six years. In 1964, she became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and partook in numerous productions over the next four years with them, including Peter Brook’s ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ season, which included Marat/Sade (1965). She also appeared as Ophelia in Hamlet in 1967.

Jackson has starred in a number of films leading to her commercial success. This really took hold following her starring role in Women in Love (1969), earning her first Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other award winning performances in film include A Touch of Class (1973), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), as well as Elizabeth R (1971), a BBC television serial, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award.

In 1992, Jackson took a break from acting to stand for election to the House of Commons, and subsequently became the Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate. She also served as Junior Transport minister between 1997 and 1999 early in the government of Tony Blair.

In October 2016, Jackson will return to the stage after a quarter of a century, to play the lead role in King Lear and the Old Vic Theatre.

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
King Lear King Lear Old Vic 2016 News
Scenes from an Execution Galactia Almeida 1990  
US Protestor Aldwych 1966  
Marat/Sade Charlotte Corday Aldwych 1964  


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