A career with top filmmakers shows no signs of slowing down, with upcoming roles in a new movie and a BBC series on Starz.
Early in her career, Jacqueline Bisset discovered that she didn’t need to be in every shot of a movie.
Bisset came to that realization while making Jerry Paris‘ underrated 1970 drama “The Grasshopper,” which cast her as a wide-eyed teenager from British Columbia who winds up a prostitute in Las Vegas.
It was the first time the British actress, who had become an international sensation in such films as the seminal 1968 thriller “Bullitt” and the 1970 granddaddy of disaster flicks, “Airport,” carried a movie.
The whippet-slender Bisset, who is an ageless 69, has had a blessed career working with some of cinema’s top filmmakers, including François Truffaut in his Oscar-winning 1973 French classic “Day for Night”; Sidney Lumet in 1974’s “Murder on the Orient Express”; Peter Yates on “Bullitt” and 1977’s “The Deep”; George Cukor in 1981’s “Rich and Famous”; John Huston in 1984’s “Under the Volcano,” and Claude Chabrol in 1995’s “La Ceremonie.”
The actress has also has defied the odds. Despite the fact that there are few meaty roles for women over the age of 50, Bisset is still in demand, playing complex parts such as ruthless businesswoman and extortionist on the fourth season of FX’s “Nip/Tuck” and a mentally troubled concentration camp survivor with two grown sons in 2009’s “Death in Love.”
Her latest project is the six-part BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” which premiered October 26 on Starz. Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, the miniseries revolves around a group of black jazz musicians who, despite racism, steadily rise to fame in early 1930s London. But their success crumbles after band members become involved in a murder conspiracy.
The series stars Chiwetel Ejiofor of “12 Years a Slave”; Matthew Goode and John Goodman. Bisset plays Lady Cremone, a reclusive British widowed aristocrat known for discovering unknown talent. Bisset’s first episode aired on Oct. 26.
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