Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson dies at 87

Oscar-winning actress and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson has died aged 87 after a ‘brief illness’.

In a statement, her agent Lionel Larner said: “‘Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side.

“She recently completed filming ‘The Great Escaper’ in which she co-starred with Michael Caine.”

Glenda was a Labour MP, first for Hampstead and Highgate then for Hampstead and Kilburn, from 1992 until 2015, when she stood down.

She has also had a successful career as an actress, winning two Emmy awards.

Glenda, who found fame in 1969, twice played Queen Elizabeth I but also loved lighthearted stuff, famously appearing alongside “utter pros” Morecambe and Wise.

In one of Glenda’s last roles, she played a dementia sufferer in acclaimed TV film Elizabeth Is Missing in which her character Maud struggles to make sense of her friend Elizabeth’s disappearance.


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