Michael J. Jackson

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Michael J. Jackson
Born (1948-01-19) 19 January 1948 (age 70)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of London
OccupationActor
Years activeActor:
1973–present
AwardsOther awards:

Michael J. Jackson (born 19 January 1948) is an English actor.

Early career

Jackson studied at the University of London and then joined repertory theatre in Sheffield, followed by Coventry, Birmingham and Edinburgh. [1] He appeared in several theatre productions early on in his career, including a West End production with Rowan Atkinson and Watford's Palace Theatre's production of The Incident at Tulse Hill. He won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Actor in 1978. [2]

University of London federal public university in London, United Kingdom

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A repertory theatre can be a Western theatre or opera production in which a resident company presents works from a specified repertoire, usually in alternation or rotation. In the British system, however, it used to be that even quite small towns would support a rep, and the resident company would present a different play every week, either a revival from the full range of classics or, if given the chance, a new play, once the rights had been released after a West End or Broadway run. However, the companies were not known for trying out untried new work. The methods, now seldom seen, would also be used in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

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He continues to work in theatres across the country throughout his career, including a stint as Duke Frederick in Shakespeare's As You Like It in 2000, and most recently in 2004 when he starred as George Pye in Humble Boy at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter.

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He has been working at Calderstones School in his home city of Liverpool since 2008 as an English teacher, but is now teaching within the drama department.

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Television appearances

Jackson appeared in several television series at the beginning of his career starting with one episode of Man About The House in 1973, followed by Anna Karenina, Till Death... , The Legend of Robin Hood , Play For Today , Doctor Who , One Summer and Fairly Secret Army . In 1988, Jackson appeared in the television series Wish Me Luck , with a leading role in all three series between 1988 and 1990. Following the success of this show Jackson appeared in one-off episodes of Maigret , Bugs and Ellington before undertaking a role in the Liverpudlian soap Brookside in 1996–98.

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Jackson also made several appearances in the television series Highlander: The Series in 1996–97. His next television role was in the drama Now You See Her, also starring Amanda Holden. He went on to appear in The White Knight Stratagem, Dalziel and Pascoe and Judge John Deed .

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In 1999, Jackson attended the Chronicles 1999 Highlander convention in Birmingham. He took part in a questions and answers session along with other cast members.

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In 2002, Jackson appeared in the television drama Birthday Girl starring Sarah Lancashire. His next television role was as a doctor in the BBC soap/drama Doctors from 2003–04. He has since appeared in Murphy's Law , Casualty , Faith, Dream Team and more recently the ITV drama Mobile which was screened in May 2007.

During October/November 2007, Jackson took part in a reality television show Make Me a Film Star. He was on the judging panel auditioning actors for a role in a new film which he will co-direct with Phil Middlemiss (also on the panel).

In October 2010, he joined the cast of Emmerdale , playing the character Jerry Walsh.

In September 2012, Jackson appeared in Coronation Street as the character Sid Altree.

Filmography

YearTitleRole
1978 Sweeney 2 Soames
1979 That Summer! Hotel Clerk
1985 Morons from Outer Space Second Scientist
1987 The Fourth Protocol Major Pavlov
2000 There's Only One Jimmy Grimble Colin
2015Pleasure IslandMiles

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References

  1. Who's Who in Television. London: ITV Books. 1980. p. 127. ISBN   978-0-900727-72-6.
  2. "Evening Standard British Film Awards 1973-1989". Evening Standard . 10 January 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2009.