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“You have it in you to become the greatest actress of the 20th century ” – Sir Anthony Hopkins.

The actress Jacqueline Pearce is best known to television audiences as the villainous Servalan from the fondly remembered Blake’s Seven (BBC 1978-1981). But her career has taken her from RADA to Hollywood, via starring roles in international comedy films, Hammer Horror, BBC Shak
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published March 2012 by Fantom Films
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Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline Pearce played Servalan (quite possibly one of the best female characters ever) in the tv show Blake's 7. When I bought a copy of the biography I knew nothing else about her. Then while I was waiting for it to be published I started reading her blog and discovered her to be quite an amazing woman. She has survived chronic depression, poverty and breast cancer and is now living in Africa where she was volunteering in a monkey shelter and is now looking after dogs.

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Watching Jacqueline Pearce as the sexy but terrifying villainess Servalan in "Blakes's 7", you would never believe that she was actually a mess inside, struggling with horrible anxiety and depression. But that is what this book reveals. Unfortunately for fans of B7, she does not actually talk much about the show; in fact, the only B7 cast member she mentions by name is Steven Pacey, as she became close to his family. She does, however, talk quite a bit about her time guest starring on "Doctor Wh ...more
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I imagine must be a wonderful book makes an even more wonderful audiobook when read by the author herself. Jacqueline Pearce talks frankly, movingly, and at times hilariously, about her difficult childhood, her life-long struggle with mental illness, and about how she finally learned to cope with her depression. Her experiences as an actress are mostly incedental to this, and her career-defining role in Blake's Seven warrants barely a couple of chapters, but the book is so captivating that ...more
Justin Tuijl
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book, should be read by more people than just Blakes 7 fans. Discusses how mental health affects someone for life from the scars of childhood.
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Jacqueline Pearce was trained at RADA and at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in Los Angeles. For the fans who enjoyed her performance as Servalan in "Blake's Seven" this is her most notable role ...more

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