Alison Steadman is currently wowing us in the BBC drama Life, where she plays the troubled housewife, Gail. The 74-year-old actress, who is perhaps best known for her role as Pam in Gavin and Stacey, has been acting since the 1960s, and looks utterly incredible in throwback snaps from her early career.
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The first snap was taken in 1974 and shows Alison aged 28 with long blonde locks. A second photo, taken for a shoot in the Evening Standard, was taken in 1977, doesn't she look amazing?!
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In Life, Gail realises that she is being emotionally abused by her husband and decides to leave him shortly after her 70th birthday, only to discover that he has six months to live and changing her mind. Fans praised her in the show, with one writing: "Within 20mins of episode 1 of #life I knew I loved Alison Steadman's character. Mid-day through episode two I'm completely invested and if anyone hurts Gail, I will end them."
Doesn't Alison look amazing?
Another viewer wrote: "I didn’t think i could love #AlisonSteadman more after Gavin and Stacy, but her portrayal of Gail in #Life is just... brilliant! You felt every emotion with her, top series, fab cast a definite binge-watch."
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Speaking about her own life in comparison to Gail's, Alison told the BBC: "In a way I’m glad I can’t identify with my character. Because I have led a very busy, active life. From the day I left drama school until now I’ve been working as an actress, and I’ve got two lovely sons. So yes, I have had a very full life and I've been very lucky to have that.
This snap was taken in 1977
"So I don't identify with Gail, but I do have empathy for Gail because I can understand where she's coming from. And during my life I have known women in a similar situation to Gail, and I have witnessed men who aren’t consciously unkind or don't consciously make fun of their wives, but in fact that's what they are doing."
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