Podcast: Politics vs acting

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Acting in politics, politics in acting: We explore the parallels between two very different jobs
Acting in politics, politics in acting: We explore the parallels between two very different jobs

We explore the strange similarities between the jobs of actors and politicians.

Quentin Letts, the Mail's theatre critic and political sketchwriter, and Glenda Jackson MP, parliament's only Oscar-winning former actress, explore the parallels between the worlds of politics and the theatre. Which politicians would make good actors? Why do the public not trust politicians – or, for that matter, actors? And does the same noble cause underpin both of them – the search for truth?

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You can read a more in-depth version of our interview with Glenda Jackson here. Trying to unpick the politician from the actress, and vice versa, turned out to be be harder than it looks.

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