Glenda Jackson was born in Birkenhead in 1936, one of four daughters to a charlady and a bricklayer.
She worked in Boots the Chemists for two years after completing school and was also a keen amateur actress which led to her being accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of eighteen.
Glenda first appeared on stage in 1957 and had a lengthy and successful career as an actress. She has won international acclaim for her work in the theatre and on television and film and was awarded two Academy Awards for Women In Love and A Touch of Class. In 1978 Glenda was made a CBE.