Oscar-winning actor and firebrand MP Glenda Jackson has died at the age of 87.
In a statement, her agent Lionel Larner said she “died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London, this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side.”
Coming from a working-class background, Jackson faced barriers in both her careers – in acting and in politics – but broke through them all to make waves in both fields.
“There was only a certain amount expected of you as a woman, especially a working-class woman,” she told The Big Issue last year, in an interview with Jane Graham for the iconic Letter To My Younger Self feature.
Despite working with some of greatest directors in the world, Jackson said she always worried that each acting job would be the last. “I never got to a point when I didn’t worry that I wouldn’t work as an actor again,” she said. “It’s a very overcrowded profession, and particularly overcrowded if you’re a woman. Authors don’t find women that interesting.”
Jackson said she’d been “lucky” to work with directors like Ken Russell and Peter Brook, who she describes as “probably the greatest director the world has ever seen”.