The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Geraldine James OBE

Ms Geraldine James OBE

Theatre, television and film actor, winner of The Best actress at the Venice Biennale for the film ‘She’s Been Away’.

“I know what it’s like to grow up with a parent who drinks too much. As children we were never allowed to talk about our mother’s drinking. I learned to cope by pretending to be grown up, by putting on a brave face and by looking after everyone else. This helped us to look good as a family but inside I felt lost, lonely, ashamed and frightened. We all conspired to keep ‘the secret’. If only Nacoa had been there for us, to listen uncritically; to give support and help; someone to trust.”
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