Date of Birth : May 9th 1936
English actress and politician, currently Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden. Having studied acting at RADA, Jackson made her professional stage debut in Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables in 1957, and her film debut in This Sporting Life in 1963. Subsequently a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for four years, she worked for director Peter Brook in several productions, including of Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade as Charlotte Corday. Jackson also appeared in the film version.
Fame came with Jackson’s starring role in the controversial Women in Love (1969) for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress, and another controversial role as Tchaikovsky’s nymphomaniac wife in Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers added to her image of being prepared to do almost anything for her art. She confirmed this by having her head shaved in order to play Queen Elizabeth I of England in the BBC’s 1971 blockbuster serial, Elizabeth R. Her portrayal of Elizabeth I is considered unparalled in accuracy by Elizabethan scholars.She received two Emmy Awards for her work in this series. She also appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Show in 1971, playing Cleopatra in a comedy sketch which is generally recognised as one the funniest sequences in British TV history. This led to many other appearances on the show, including the Christmas Shows of 1971 and 1972.