Glenda May Jackson CBE is an English actress and politician. She has won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice: for her role as Gudrun Brangwen in the romantic drama Women in Love; and again for her role as Vickie Allessio in the romantic comedy A Touch of Class.
Glenda Jackson is a British actress and former politician who has won two Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her generation. She began her career on stage in the 1950s and made her film debut in 1964. She rose to prominence with roles in Women in Love (1969), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) and A Touch of Class (1973). She also starred in the television series Elizabeth R (1971), for which she won an Emmy. She retired from acting in 1992 to pursue a political career and was elected as a Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate. She served as a junior minister in Tony Blair’s government and was outspoken on issues such as the Iraq War, nuclear disarmament and social justice. She returned to acting in 2015 with a critically acclaimed performance in the play King Lear at the Old Vic Theatre. She has since appeared in several other plays and films, including Three Tall Women (2018), for which she won a Tony, and Elizabeth Is Missing (2019), for which she won a BAFTA.