Jill Gascoine
British actress, novelist
Jill Gascoine
Jill Gascoine is a British actress and novelist. She is most widely known for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes. In the 1990s, she also became a novelist and has published three books.
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IT'S A FAIRER COP - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
In another popular show of the same vintage, The Gentle Touch, Jill Gascoine played a widowed mother rising through the ranks of the CID. Men were becoming redundant, in all senses of the word. BUT all these trailblazers were handcuffed by the novelty
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The discreet alarm of the bourgeoisie - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
"He wants me to dress up as an actress called Jill Gascoine every week and even gave me her picture. He's looking for a friends and family discount. I think he wants to blackmail me." It's 8am and the sun's rays slowly creep up the mock Tudor facades
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THEATER REVIEW; A Quiet, Restful Weekend in the Country With Noël Coward
NYTimes - over 12 years
A RAGING case of style over substance can actually result in pure theater magic, given a playwright of infinite skill and a production to match. With Noël Coward as the author and ''Hay Fever,'' his wickedly debonair inspiration from 1924 as the vehicle, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey has a winner. Visually resplendent, the production
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FILM;A Multinational Consortium All in One Actor
NYTimes - almost 21 years
IT'S A WEDNESDAY, LATE afternoon, and Alfred Molina has only a brief time between shows. This doesn't seem to matter one whit to him. No "do not disturb" signs for this actor. No deep-breathing exercises. Not even 40 winks. He drops his long frame onto an armchair in a lounge at the Roundabout Company's Laura Pels Theater and pops the top on a soda
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NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: IN a 1981 film debut as brief as it was traumatic, Alfred Molina let tarantulas swarm over him. IN a 1981 film debut as brief as it was traumatic, Alfred Molina let tarantulas swarm over him. That was in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark.'' Last year, he was a boisterous Russian sailor in ''Letter to Brezhnev.'' But it is his fifth and latest screen
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jill Gascoine
  • 2009
    Age 71
    In October 2009, it was announced that Gascoine would portray the role of Glenda Mitchell, former wife of Archie Mitchell and mother of Ronnie and Roxy, in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from early 2010.
    More Details Hide Details However, during her first day on set, she withdrew from her filming commitments, as she felt that she "lacked the right experience to film such a big continuing drama". The part was re-cast with Glynis Barber.
  • 2008
    Age 70
    Though she still lives in Los Angeles, she returned to the UK in 2008 to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, appearing in Colette Freedman s play Sister Cities at the Gilded Balloon Theatre.
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  • 1986
    Age 48
    They later married in Tower Hamlets, London, in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Gascoine was found to have kidney cancer, though the disease was detected early and she made a full recovery. Gascoine has stated she suffered from clinical depression for most of her life, which she believes stems from her unhappy time in a boarding school as a child.
  • 1984
    Age 46
    The Gentle Touch ran for five series until 1984, though Gascoine continued to play Maggie Forbes in the more action-oriented spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes from 1985-87.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, she then appeared as Judy Schwartz in the final series of the sitcom Home to Roost (1989–90) opposite John Thaw, and continued to make guest appearances on British television. After a high profile career that had spanned over twenty years on British television, Gascoine and her second husband, actor Alfred Molina, moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s. Since moving there, Gascoine has made appearances on US television in series such as Northern Exposure and Touched by an Angel, as well as performing extensively in theatre.
  • 1980
    Age 42
    She became better known in 1980 when she took the lead role in the ITV drama series The Gentle Touch, playing Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first British television drama that centred around a female police officer, coming several months before the BBC's similarly themed Juliet Bravo.
  • 1975
    Age 37
    In 1975, she had a part in British sex-farce Confessions of a Pop Performer.
    More Details Hide Details She then had a recurring role playing Letty Gaunt in The Onedin Line (1976-79).
  • 1970
    Age 32
    From 1970 onwards, Gascoine turned was cast for television drama and made appearances in series such as Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Softly, Softly: Taskforce and Within These Walls.
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  • 1937
    Born on April 11, 1937.
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