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Letters: Jill Gascoine the stage actor

Letters: Jill Gascoine the stage actor

Very popular actors on TV are often not given proper recognition for their acting talent, but Stuart Jeffries treated Jill Gascoine as the accomplished, serious-minded actor that she was. Just before she finished her seven years playing Maggie Forbes, the sympathetic policewoman in The Gentle Touch and the lead in a follow-up series, I offered her a role in a new play at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Scrape Off the Black by Tunde Ikoli (1987). The part was that of a racist mother who was very tough on her mixed-race children and hardly ever moved from her sofa all day, except to play bingo. She wore no make-up and committed herself totally to the role.

Unsurprisingly she had to persuade her agent to accept the job because Stratford East in those days only paid the Equity minimum, which was around £60 a week, plus £1 per week extra for every year you had had your Equity card,

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