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 startedJacqueline 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.
This book is in many ways the opposite of a "celebrity autobiography". There is very little here about stories with the famous. The people she meets are portrayed with her impressions regardless of their wealth and fame. Rather it's the story of a woman trying to stay afloat in life who just happens to be an actress. Jacqueline remains struggling with her own mental illness and keeps fighting. Her life was strongly shaped by the fact that her mother left her and her father when Jacqueline was just a toddler and this rejection and insecurity plays a large part of the uncertainity that shapes the book.
But despite having a lot of sadness and poor choices there is also a great deal of humour in this book. I have so much respect for her and the way she keeps going. It is a very personal and honest story. If you are wanting inside stories on the making of Blake's 7 this really isn't the book for you (though I promise you will never see the transformation between 2nd and 3rd season Servalan the same again). But it was a fascinating read and I really hope that she writes more. ...Continua Nascondi