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Former Hampstead and Kilburn MP Glenda Jackson wins Bafta at 84

Prize for role in Elizabeth Is Missing

02 August, 2020 — By Richard Osley

Glenda Jackson with current Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq

GLENDA Jackson, the former Hampstead and Kilburn MP, has been named best actress at the Baftas after her return to acting.

The 84-year-old, who stood down from the House of Commons in 2015, won the award for her role playing a woman suffering from dementia in Elizabeth Is Missing. It was her first appearance in a television drama for nearly three decades.

Tulip Siddiq, who succeeded Ms Jackson as the MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, tweeted: “You continue to make all of us in your old constituency proud. #QueenofHandK.”

Glenda Jackson wins the best actress award for Elizabeth Is Missing

Ms Jackson had already won two Oscars when she switched careers to politics, winning the old Hampstead and Highgate seat for the first time in 1992.

She was briefly in the running to be Labour’s first mayoral candidate but remained the MP for the area for 23 years.

Her closest brush with defeat at the ballot box was in 2010 when she held onto her seat by only 42 votes.

Glenda Jackson did not turn up to either of the Oscar ceremonies where she was named best actress

The results were announced on Friday evening without the normal gala awards ceremony due to the coronavirus emergency.

Ms Jackson, who lives in south London, said she was “absolutely stunned” to have won, adding that she thought there should be awards for he co-stars too.

 

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