Glenda Jackson

Actor, Politician, Waitress
RADA-trained Glenda Jackson was shaped by her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company which she joined in 1964 and specifically by director Peter Brook's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season that year and its Antoine ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1936 in Cheshire, England, GB


Actor (42)

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The House of Bernarda Alba 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Rise and Fall of Humpty Dumpty 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


King of the Wind 1990 (Movie)

Queen Caroline (Actor)

Doombeach 1989 (Movie)

Miss (Actor)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

Anna Brangwen (Actor)

Business As Usual 1988 (Movie)

Babs Flynn (Actor)

Salome's Last Dance 1988 (Movie)

Lady Alice (Actor)

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Man Made Famine 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

Neaera Duncan (Actor)

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


And Nothing But the Truth 1982 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

The Thames 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Giro City 1981 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

The Return of the Soldier 1981 (Movie)

Margaret Grey (Actor)

Health 1980 (Movie)


Hopscotch 1980 (Movie)

Isobel Von Schmidt (Actor)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Patricia Brittenham (Actor)

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

Ann Atkinson (Actor)

Stevie 1978 (Movie)

Florence Margaret Smith/Stevie (Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Sister Alexandra (Actor)

The Class of Miss MacMichael 1977 (Movie)

Conor MacMichael (Actor)

Hedda 1975 (Movie)

Hedda (Actor)

The Incredible Sarah 1975 (Movie)

Sarah Bernhardt (Actor)

The Romantic Englishwoman 1974 (Movie)

Elisabeth (Actor)

The Maids 1973 (Movie)

Solange (Actor)

The Triple Echo 1973 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Vickie Allessio (Actor)

Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore 1972 (Movie)

Sister Geraldine (Actor)

The Nelson Affair 1972 (Movie)

Lady Hamilton (Actor)

Mary, Queen of Scots 1971 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 (Movie)

Alex Greville (Actor)

The Music Lovers 1970 (Movie)

Nina Milukova (Actor)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

Gudrun Brangwen (Actor)

Negatives 1968 (Movie)

Vivien (Actor)

Tell Me Lies 1968 (Movie)


A Murder of Quality (TV Show)


Elizabeth R (TV Show)


Sakharov (TV Show)


Strange Interlude (TV Show)



RADA-trained Glenda Jackson was shaped by her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company which she joined in 1964 and specifically by director Peter Brook's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season that year and its Antoine Artaud-influenced improvisational games. She won acclaim for her chilling performance as an asylum inmate portraying Danton's murderer Charlotte Corday in the 1965 London and New York productions of "Marat/Sade," staged by Brook. And although she made a brief screen appearance as an extra in "This Sporting Life" (1963), her first significant film work was reprising the role of Corday in Brook's 1967 screen version of "Marat/Sade," perhaps auguring the many neurotics she has so brilliantly portrayed on stage and film.


Roy Hodges

married in 1958 divorced in 1976 met while Jackson was performing with the Crewe repertory theater and he was stage manager c. 1957

Daniel Hodges

born in 1969 father, Roy Hodges on February 21, 1992 lost his left eye when a broken beer glass was shoved in his face after he stood up for two black men who were being taunted by whites in a south London pub

Harry Jackson


Joan Jackson


Andy Phillips

together from 1975 until c. 1991


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1955 - 1957
won a two-year scholarship

West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls



Appointed as advisor on homelessness by London mayor Ken Livingstone


Resigned from her junior minister position and announced candidacy for the post of mayor of London; lost Labor primary to Frank Dobson


Named minister of rail transport by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair


Ran against Tory Conservative Oliver Letwin for a seat in the House of Commons as the Labour Candidate from the Hampstead and Highgate sections of London; won election


The Glenda Jackson Theatre opened in Hoylake


Formed Bowden Productions with American producer Robert Enders after they made "The Maids" (1974); subsequently made "Hedda" (1975), "Nasty Habits" (1976), and "Stevie" (1978) together


Reprised role of Charlotte Corday in the Peter Brook film of "Marat/Sade"


Broadway debut, "Marat/Sade"


Starred as Charlotte Corday in London premiere of "Marat/Sade"


Made film acting debut in "Benefit of the Doubt," about the staging of the RSC production of the play "US" (directed by Peter Whitehead)


Appeared in Peter Brook's and Charles Marowitz's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season, sponsored by the RSC at LAMDA


Played one of title character's girlfriends in London stage production of "Alfie"


Film debut as an extra in a party scene (as one of a group singing "For he's a jolly good fellow") in "This Sporting Life"


Joined Royal Shakespeare Company


London stage debut in "All Kinds of Men"


Made stage debut in "Separate Tables" at Worthing, England

Went two years with almost no acting work at all; worked as shop assistant, waitress, switchboard operator and as saleswoman at Woolworths

Family moved to her father's birthplace in Hoylake, England when she was a year old

Worked as a saleswoman at Boots' pharmacy in Nottingham before entering RADA

Bonus Trivia


Jackson was named after the 1930s American film actress Glenda Farrell as well as her grandmother May.


Jackson's former husband Roy Hodges was reputed to have said about her: "If she'd gone into politics she'd be prime minister; if she'd gone into crime she'd be Jack the Ripper."


She received a honorary Doctor of Letters from Liverpool University in 1978.


Jackson's longtime agent Peter Crouch said of her: "I never thought she was going to be the easiest actress to promote. She has an individual quality which I reckoned was not going to appeal to everybody. But there is an enormous sex appeal. Something exudes from her like it does from a very healthy animal. She hasn't a high opinion of her own physical attractions. She once told me, 'I don't know why I keep getting all these scripts with nude scenes. I've got varicose veins, piano legs and no tits.' But the camera falls in love with her. A lighting cameraman once told me it was because she had 'wonderful lighting about the eyes' by which it turned out that he meant she had high cheek bones. So forget the ski-run nose and the snaggle tooth; the eyes are the things that matter in films." – from David Nathan's 1984 biography Glenda Jackson


She received the Women's Project's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1988.


Jackson underwent an emergency appendectomy on Oct. 23, 1999.