Gordon Jackson

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Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE, was an award winning actor who made many appearances in both film and TV as well as on the stage.

Born the youngest of a family of five children in Glasgow in 1923, he attended Hillhead High School, and while there took part in a number of BBC radio shows including Children’s Hour. After leaving school at the age of 15, he went to work as a draughtsman at Rolls-Royce. In 1942, Ealing Studios were looking for a young Scot to act in The Foreman Went to France and Jackson was suggested. Further film work followed, including San Demetrio London, and The Captive Heart. Perhaps the most memorable film in which he starred during this period was Whisky Galore!

In 1949, Jackson starred opposite the Scottish actress Rona Anderson in the film Floodtide.” The two married on 2 June 1951, and had two sons. He also made his London stage debut in 1951 in Seagulls Over Sorrento. During the 1950s and 1960s Jackson appeared in TV shows such as The Quatermass Experiment, The Adventures of Robin Hood, ABC of Britain, The Navy Lark, Gideon’s Way* and The Avengers as well as in films such as The Great Escape, *The Bridal Path and the The Ipcress File.

Real fame came with his role as the butler, Hudson, in sixty episodes of the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs that ran from 1971 to 1975. In 1974, he was named British Actor of the Year; in 1976, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor; and in 1979 he was awarded an OBE. In 1977 he took on the role of George Cowley in The Professionals which ran for 57 episodes. He was involved in a wide range of projects during the 1980s, including narrating afternoon cookery shows in New Zealand and films such as A Town Like Alice (in which his performance won him a Logie Award), The Shooting Party and The Whistle Blower. He died in London aged 66 in 1990.

Recommended viewing

The price of silence (1960)

After serving time for embezzlement, Richard fuller is released from prison, thereafter changing his name by deed poll to Roger Fenton whilst building a new life for himself.

Before long, he obtains a position in an estate office and the first job his elderly employer Mr Shipley gives him is to report on a country house just on the market. The property is occupied by a young, attractive artist Audrey Truscott (June Thorburn) who lives alone (later in the film they form romantic relationship). Roger does well in his job and eventually is offered a partnership in the business. However two problems loom large to potentially derail his progress, Firstly, Mr Shipley inadvertently brings together Roger and Mrs Shipley, a younger, attractive lady who is bored and looking for attention if not love. She relentlessly pursues Roger almost to the point of stalking him, but he consistently rejects her advances for fear of losing his job as well as jeopardising his relationship with Audrey.

A more serious situation then arises for him when by chance he crosses paths with a fellow prison inmate (affectionately nicknamed ‘the slug’ played by the ubiquitous Sam Kydd). By eavesdropping and snooping, the slug learns of Roger’s change of name, employment success and girlfriend and in time honoured fashion, starts to blackmail him. Initially Roger pays him every week at his tobacconists shop until his demands increase. What follows thereafter leads to the murder of an elderly lady and Roger is implicated. As matters go from bad to worse, help comes from an unlikely source.