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Jacqueline Hill
Grace Jacqueline Hill

(1929-12-17)17 December 1929
Died 18 February 1993(1993-02-18) (aged 63)
Cause of death Bone Cancer
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Alvin Rakoff (1958–1993, her death)
Children Dr. Sasha Rakoff
John D. Rakoff

Jacqueline Hill (17 December 1929 – 18 February 1993) was an English actress. She was best known for her role as Barbara Wright in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Hill returned for an appearance in the 1980 Doctor Who story Meglos, as the priestess Lexa.


Hill trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was first on stage in London's West End in The Shrike. Many more roles followed, including, on television, Shop Window, Fabian of the Yard and An Enemy of the People.

Personal life

In 1958 she married the director Alvin Rakoff. The previous year she was in his BBC adaptation of Rod Serling's American television play Requiem for a Heavyweight.

After leaving Doctor Who in 1965, she gave up acting to raise a family. She had a daughter Sasha and son John. Hill began acting again in 1979. She gained further TV credits in, amongst other programmes, Tales of the Unexpected and as Lady Capulet in the BBC Television Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.

Jacqueline Hill died of bone cancer in 1993.

Selected works

  • The Blue Parrot (1953)
  • The Comedy Man (1964)
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