It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to announce that Jill Gascoine has passed away at the age of 83 years old. She was known for her groundbreaking role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in The Gentle Touch between 1980-1984, which was the first British police drama with a woman in the main role. She continued playing the character in spin-off C.A.T.S. Eyes between 1985-1987. She had sadly spent a decade battling Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband Alfred Molina confirmed this in 2016 stating his wife was “in a very advanced stage” of Alzheimer’s disease.
She also had roles in The Pure Hell of St. Trinian’s, Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Confessions of a Pop Performer, Softly Softly: Task Force, Prometheus: The Life of Balzac, Rooms, The Onedin Line, Home to Roost, Taggert, Boon, Northern Exposure, BASEketball, and Touched by an Angel. She also write three novels beginning in 1994 with Addicted about a successful television actress in her fifties who embarks on a destructive affair with a younger, half-English/half-Spanish actor in his thirties. The novel somewhat resembled Gascoine relationship with ‘her second husband Alfred Molina who was 16 years younger than her. This was followed by her second novel, Lilian in 1995 which is about a woman who begins a love affair when she goes on holiday to California with her best friend. Then in 1997 she wrote Just Like A Woman, which details the story of Daisy, a middle-aged woman who is being pressured by her family to have an abortion after she falls pregnant in her fifties.