British acting royal and former MP Glenda Jackson, best known for A touch of class, Elizabeth R AND turtle diary, died, aged 87.
In a statement her agent Lionel Larner said: “Glenda Jackson, twice Academy Awardaward-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a short illness with her family by her side. You recently completed filming The Great Fugitive in which he co-starred with Michael Caine.
Jackson was bitten by the acting bug after joining an amateur theater group as a teenager. Lui was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963.
After making a name for herself on stage, she won her first Oscar for playing a headstrong artist in Ken Russell’s film based on the DH Lawrence novel Women in love.
His second Oscar came three years later for romantic comedy A touch of classafter famously displaying her comedic skills in a guest appearance as Cleopatra in Morecambe and Wise.
She played Elizabeth I in Elizabeth R and playing the Queen opposite Dame Vanessa Redgrave in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots.
The credits also included Sone day Bloody Sunday, Hedda, Stevie, Turtle Diary, The Story of Patricia Neal, Z Cars, Sakharov, Quality Murder, The House of Bernarda Albaand there were numerous plays.
She joined the House of Commons as a Labor MP for north London from 1992 to 2015. This included two years as a junior transport minister in Tony Blair’s New Labor government from 1997, making her screen comeback in the television drama Elizabeth has disappeared in 2020.
He once drew a link between acting and politics, saying, “The best theater is about trying to find and tell the truth. It’s not about covering up. It’s not about playing. It’s not about hiding. It’s not about pretending to be something you’re not.
“He’s trying to find out what it means to be a human being and why we behave towards each other the way we do. And I think even the best politics are trying to find the truth.”