Glenda Jackson says: Boredom drew me to acting

Glenda Jackson has said that “boredom” is what drew her to acting after she grew up learning that “if you don’t work, you don’t eat”.

The 86-year-old former politician has twice won the Academy Award for best actress, although opted not to attend the ceremony on both occasions.

Speaking to The Times, Jackson said she only started acting after failing her certification exam at school, leaving her with no choice but to start working at the age of 16.

“Listen, I come from a family where if you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. It’s the classroom structure,” she said of her childhood on Wirral.

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Glenda Jackson in a scene from Women In Love (Alamy/PA)

After joining a friend at the YMCA amateur theater group while she was working at the local Boots store, Jackson said: “Someone said, ‘you should do this professionally.

“I wrote to the only drama school I had ever heard of, which was Rada. I did the auditions. They say, ‘If we have the money, we’ll give you a scholarship. But we didn’t’, and the manager of Boots wrote to Cheshire County Council, they gave me a stipend and I went to the Rada. “

During his time at acting school, Jackson added: “I was there to learn, to work.”

Despite her successful career – she has had two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award as well as Academy Awards for Women In Love in 1970 and A Touch Of Class in 1973 – Jackson revealed that she was never interested in the social and flashy aspects of this industry. , said: “That’s not what it says. Not for me. “

While explaining her decision not to accept either Oscar – citing that she was filming elsewhere – Jackson said: “It sounds so ungrateful, and I’m not, but once you’ve got it, what are you going to do with it?”

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Glenda Jackson speaking during a Labor Party meeting with leader Gordon Brown in 2010 (PA)

The veteran actor, who is about to begin filming with Michael Caine, also revealed that she would “probably” turn down a role, because “what does it really mean?”

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In the midst of her showbiz career, Jackson took a break from acting to focus on politics.

In 1992 she was elected as a Labor MP for Hampstead and Highgate, and served as grassroots transport minister from 1997 to 1999 in the government of Sir Tony Blair.

Jackson resigned as a congressman at the 2015 general election and returned to acting.

She won the Bafta Award for best actress in 2019 for her role in Elizabeth Is Missing, which tells the story of a woman with dementia.

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