Beloved actor Jacqueline Pearce has sadly passed away at the age of 74.
Fans of the science fiction television series ‘Blake’s 7’ will best remember her as the iconic and villainous Supreme Commander Servalan. The actor passed away after a short battle with lung cancer.
Pearce was very loved by fans and members of the acting community alike. She got her training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts alongside Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt and many others. Her first television appearances were in ‘Danger Man’ and the ‘Avengers’, but it wasn’t until ‘Blake’s 7’ in the late 70’s and early 80’s that she really caught fire. Her role as Servalan on ‘Blake’s 7’ was only initially a guest stint, but the character proved so popular with fans that she was asked to return and stay with the series until its closing episode.
The actor got to reprise her role of Servalan in some Big Finish Audio adventures, which proved to be very popular with fans. Other than Servalan the actor will also be remembered for her role in the Doctor Who story ‘The Two Doctors’ in which she played the villainous Chessene who gave Colin Baker’s sixth Doctor a proper fight.
John Ainsworth, who had been her friend for 25 years and was with her at the time, said: “She was outrageous, she was very honest and very straightforward, which didn’t always go down very well, but you knew where you were with her.
“She liked a glass of champagne and liked everyone to have a good time with her, and of course she was a brilliant actress and everyone who worked with her remembered her very fondly.”
Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies said: “It was a joy working with Jacqueline on the first drama I ever wrote, Dark Season. She was glorious, vivid, passionate, filthy and the most wonderful company. And underneath the style and the laughter, a truly fine actor.”
We here at SciFiPulse.net would like to pay our respects to the family and friends of this wonderful actor who will always be remembered as one of the best female villains in science fiction television but was so much more.