She won a Best Actress Oscar in 1970 for her starring role in the 1969 film Women in Love.
She worked at a chemist shop before studying at RADA in Bloomsbury.
She became a member of British parliament in 1992 and has won multiple Academy Awards.
She was married to Roy Hodges from 1958 to 1976 and the couple had a son in 1969.
Alan Bates was her costar in Women in Love.