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Jacqueline Pearce

British film and television actress

Died when: 74 years 257 days (896 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Jacqueline Pearce

Jacqueline Pearce (20 December 1943 – 3 September 2018) was a British film and television actress.She was best known for her portrayal of the principal villain Servalan in the British science fiction TV series Blake's 7 (1978–1981), a performance which her obituarist in The Times wrote produced "a sexual awakening for a generation of sci-fi fans." Pearce studied at both the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at the Actors Studio.

After early roles in two Hammer horror films, The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile, she played opposite Jerry Lewis in Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.

On stage, she acted in Otherwise Engaged, directed by Harold Pinter, and in Tom Stoppard's Night and Day, and she had numerous television, theatre and audio roles, including in Doctor Who.

She suffered from clinical depression during periods of her life, which she discussed in her memoir, From Byfleet to the Bush (2012).

Pearce spent five years working at the Vervet Monkey Foundation, before returning to the UK in 2015.

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