Glenda Jackson

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Jackson in 1971

Glenda May Jackson CBE (9 May 193615 June 2023) was an English actress and politician. She was one of the few artists to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, having won two Academy Awards, three Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. She was made a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1978.

Jackson took an extended hiatus from acting to take on a career in politics from 1992 to 2015, and was elected as the Labour Party MP for Hampstead and Highgate in the 1992 general election. She served as a junior transport minister from 1997 to 1999 during the government of Tony Blair, later becoming critical of Blair. After constituency boundary changes, she represented Hampstead and Kilburn from 2010. At the 2010 general election, her majority of 42 votes, confirmed after a recount, was the narrowest of that parliament. Jackson stood down at the 2015 general election and returned to acting.


  • What did I dream about at Boots? Well, the big ambition was to get onto the cosmetics, but I never made it..."
    • Discussing her career path on the Parkinson programme (broadcast 23 October 1976). Glenda Jackson, 1976. BBC archive (15 June 2023). Retrieved on 15 June 2023.
    • As this point, aged 40, Jackson had not entered politics.
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