Date of Birth: 11th December, 1951
Status: Married to Albert Marshall
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Main occupation: Media
Media-related occupation: Theatre and television actress
Jane Marshall’s acting career started in the late 1960’s in the Festivals of Greek Theatre as a chorus member in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and as the Nightingale in Aristophane’s The Birds. She was lucky that the beginning of her career coincided with the peak of the 1960s’ literary upheaval in Malta by the Moviment Qawmien Letterarju. At the time, Jane acted in a set of theatre pieces in the series Xsenuru that was an important contribution to the development of modern Maltese theatre.
In 1969, Jane moved to London to pursue professional performance studies at the Italia Conti Stage School. When she returned to Malta, Jane was intensively involved in the performing arts, including film, theatre, television and radio.
The climax of Jane’s career, until she emigrated to Australia in 1980, was her brilliant interpretation of the rebellious Rita in Diacono’s Il-Madonna taċ-Ċoqqa on TVM, which is still remembered with nostalgia by a large segment of the population.
Upon her arrival in Melbourne, Jane’s agent succeeded in finding her work with leading television establishments, including the Special Broadcasting Service Television and Grundy Productions. In 1994, Jane experienced what she describes as one of the highlights of her career when she was hired to compere The Mary Spiteri Show at the prestigious Sydney Opera House. Jane returned to Malta in 1995 to resume her work in theatre and television.
Besides the classic Il-Madonna taċ-Ċoqqa, Jane’s television credits include iz-Zija Emergilda in the children series Vaganza f’Ħal Bla Ras and Pauline in the Maltese soap Ipokriti. She’s also featured in Under Cover, One Star Hotel, Viva l-Ministru, Is-Salib tal-Fidda, Id-Dar tas-Soru and Anġli: Kapitlu Ġdid.
Interpreting the role of Serafina delle Rose in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo is every theatre actor’s dream – Mrs Marshall took on the challenge in 2011 at The Manoel Theatre and is currently reinventing the role for upcoming performances at The English Theatre in Frankfurt this February. Jane is currently playing Marie Vella Haughton in Strada Stretta on TVM.
Can you describe your state of mind while acting?
Like most actors, I get totally immersed and focused on the interpretation of my character and become the person I am interpreting.
Do you have any advice for aspiring students wanting to break into acting?
There is so much talent locally and so many young people aspire to tread the boards fast. It’s great to see so many new faces on TV and in theatre, but it’s always best to sweep the boards a bit at first.
Can you handle doing a multitude of things at the same time?
I do get p****d off! One is expected to do things and meet deadlines for not tomorrow, not today, but yesterday. Of course nowadays, this is the norm with all the media gadgets in our lives being a must. One cannot deny that this is making our lives quite stressful with no quality time to enjoy with the family.
In your opinion, what is the problem with the world today?
So many negative things in this world, but there is also so much good. There are so many positive things and so many wonderful things! Life is beautiful; let’s just leave it at that.
Photo credits to Nadine Genovese