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Jacquetta May is a British writer, actress, and theatre director. Born in Kent, she went to Bristol University and worked as a theatre actress for 10 years before moving into TV, appearing at the National Theatre, The Royal Exchange and Liverpool Playhouse amongst others. Theatre roles include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Chatterley in Lady Chatterley's Lover, Rita in Educating Rita and Beverley in Abigail's Party.
In 1990 she joined EastEnders for 2 years and played Rachel Kominski, Michelle Fowler's landlady and Mark Fowler's girlfriend. She went on to be a regular in Dangerfield (1996), Cardiac Arrest (1996), and Home Farm Twins (1999), and also appeared in Crocodile Shoes (1994), In Suspicious Circumstances (1994), Peak Practice (2000), Down to Earth (2001), I'm Alan Partridge (2002), Silent Witness (2005), Four Fathers (1999), Law & Order: UK (2010), New Tricks (2011), Cold Feet (2001), Being Human (2010), The Bill (2006), Casualty (1996 - 2012) and Holby City (2003), as well as the film Get Real (1998).
She co-founded the award-winning new writing theatre company Plain Clothes Productions, commissioning, producing and directing for the company. She directed Her Sister Tongue at Lyric Theatre in 1997.
Jacquetta started writing for television at World Productions in 2000. She co-created UGetMe for CBBC which ran for 3 series (2003 - 2005), and wrote for No Angels (2006), Where the Heart Is (2000), Shades (2000), New Tricks (2006), Personal Affairs (2009), and for the first series of Torchwood (2006). Her film In Love with Barbara (2008) about the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland and her friendship with Lord Mountbatten, starring Anne Reid and David Warner was broadcast on BBC4 in 2008. She adapted Erica Jong's iconic novel Fear of Flying, and her legal thriller Lawless (Suranne Jones, Lindsay Duncan and Jonathan Cake) was piloted in 2012 on Sky Living. She develops TV Series for all channels.
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