Jacquetta May is a British writer, actor and theatre director. She co-founded, commissioned, produced and directed the award-winning new writing drama company Plainclothes Productions. In 1997, she directed her sister tongue at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London.
May worked as a theatre actor for 10 years, appearing at the National Theatre, Royal Exchange and Liverpool Theatre, among others. Drama roles include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Chatterley’s Lover Lady Chatterley in “Education Rita” and Beverly in “Abigail’s Party”.
When she turned to television in 1991, she joined EastEnders for two years, playing Rachel Kominsky, Michelle Fowler’s landlady and Mark Fowler’s girlfriend. She has performed regularly in Dangerfield (1996), Cardiac Arrest (1996) and Home Farm Twins (1999), as well as Crocodile Shoes (1994), Peak Practice (2000), Down to Earth (2001). I’m Alan Partridge (2002), Silent Witness (2005), Law and Order: Britain (2010), The New Trick (2011), Cold Feet (2001), Being Human (2010), The Act (2006) , Casualties (1996 – 2012) and Holby City (2003), Midsomer Murders (2021) and the film Get Real (1998).
May started writing for television at World Productions in 2000. She co-founded UGetMe with CBBC, which released 3 series (2003-2005) and wrote for No Angels (2006), Where the Heart is (2000), Shades (2000). , New Tricks (2006), Personal Affairs (2009) and Torchwood (2006) first series. Her film In Love with Barbara (2008), about romance novelist Barbara Cartland and her friendship with Lord Mountbatten, starring Anne Reed and David Warner, was released in 2008 in Aired on BBC4. She adapted Erica Jong’s novel Fear of Flying. May’s legal thriller Lawless, starring Suran Jones, Lindsey Duncan and Jonathan Keck, aired on Sky Living in 2012.