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Overview (3)

Born in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK
Birth NameJennifer Ann Agutter
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan (1964), which was quickly followed by The Magical World of Disney: Ballerina: Part 1 (1966) and The Magical World of Disney: Ballerina: Part 2 (1966), and A Man Could Get Killed (1966). Other films and television appearances in her early career include Gates to Paradise (1968), Boy Meets Girl: Long After Summer (1967), Star! (1968), I Start Counting (1969), The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (1970) and BBC Play of the Month: The Wild Duck (1971).

In 1970, she appeared in what was her real big break as a child star: The Railway Children (1970), as "Bobbie". The next year, Hollywood called and she spent several years there, appearing in such works as BBC Play of the Month: The Cherry Orchard (1971), Walkabout (1971) and The Snow Goose (1971) with Richard Harris, for which she received an Emmy Award. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed A War of Children (1972) and Shelley (1972).

In 1976, Jenny really came to the attention of US film audiences with her starring role in the science-fiction classic Logan's Run (1976) with Michael York. Though not a critical favorite, it was a huge box-office success and spawned a television series. She also starred alongside Richard Chamberlain in a well-received made-for-TV version of the famous Dumas tale The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) and turned in a solid performance in the WW II thriller The Eagle Has Landed (1976) with Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland. The next year, she starred in Peter Shaffer's weighty Equus (1977) as "Jill Mason", alongside Richard Burton. Among her other TV and film work during the 1970s were Dominique (1979), BBC2 Playhouse: School Play (1979) and The Riddle of the Sands (1979).

In 1981, she played "Desdemona" opposite William Marshall in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981). Other Shakespeare performances include "King Lear", Love's Labour's Lost (1985) as "Rosaline" for the BBC and Romeo & Juliet (1993) as "Lady Capulet". During the in numerous films and television series, including Sweet William (1980), Beulah Land (1980), The Survivor (1981), Amy (1981) and one of the films for which she is most fondly remembered, An American Werewolf in London (1981). She also appeared in This Office Life (1984), Secret Places (1984), Silas Marner (1985), Dark Tower (1987), Miss Right (1985) and King of the Wind (1990).

In the 1990s, she concentrated mainly on television, with roles in TECX (1990); Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990); Red Dwarf (1988); The All New Alexei Sayle Show (1994); The Buccaneers (1995); And the Beat Goes On (1996); September (1996) with Edward Fox, Michael York, Virginia McKenna and Jacqueline Bisset; A Respectable Trade (1998) with Warren Clarke, Anna Massey and Richard Briers. Her theatrical films during this period included Darkman (1990) with Liam Neeson; and Blue Juice (1995) with Sean Pertwee, Ewan McGregor and Catherine Zeta-Jones. She also appeared as "Mrs. Bruce" in two feature-length episodes of the popular ITV series Bramwell (1995) in which she starred with Jemma Redgrave. She has also made several guest appearances in TV shows such as The Red Dwarf (1998); Boon (1986); The Equalizer (1985) with Edward Woodward; The Twilight Zone (1985); Magnum, P.I. (1980) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974).

Jenny has been married to Johan Tham since the late 1980s. They have one son Jonathan, born in 1990, and live in Cornwall, England, UK. Her particular love is charity work for The Diabetic Association and NCH Action for Children - a charity which provides home and other help for homeless children - with which she has been involved for five years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Family (3)

Spouse Johan Tham (4 August 1990 - present)  (1 child)
Children Tham, Jonathan
Parents Agutter, Derek Brodie
Agutter, Catherine Lynam

Trivia (17)

Has acted in three different versions of "The Railway Children": The Railway Children (1968), The Railway Children (1970), Masterpiece Classic: The Railway Children (2000)).
Husband is Swedish and a hotelier. They met at an arts fair.
She once spent a night sleeping rough in London to highlight the plight of the homeless.
In the late 1980s, along with fellow Brit performers Judy Geeson, Ian McKellen, Timothy Dalton and Olivia Hussey, she volunteered teaching Shakespeare to children at a school in Watts, Los Angeles.
Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a son Jonathan Tham on December 25, 1990. Child's father is her husband, Johan Tham.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her charitable services.
London, England: Actress [June 2012]
Daughter of Derek (1927-2018) and Catherine (née Lynam) Agutter (1928-2005).
Maternal granddaughter of John (1896-1939) and Sarah (née Hackett) Lynam (1897-1967).
Paternal granddaughter of Frank (1897-1974) and Hilda (née Jordan) Agutter (1890-1970).
Paternal great granddaughter of Edwin (1866-1919) and May (née Green) Agutter (1868-1951).
Paternal great great granddaughter of William (1844-1907) and Elizabeth (née Savage) Agutter (1836-1906).
Paternal great great great granddaughter of Joel (1819-1888) and Elizabeth (née Stokes) Agutter (1816-1886).
Auditioned for the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1968) but the role ultimately went to fellow British actress Olivia Hussey.
Bears a resemblance to American actress Annette Bening.
1980 started filming Miss Right which wasn't completed and which she would rather forget.
She plays a nun and nurse in Call the Midwife (2012) but this was not the first 'nursing engagement' as she also played a nurse in An American Werewolf in London (1981).

Personal Quotes (3)

[on living and working in Los Angeles] Los Angeles is like a desert. The only thing that exists is the work you do. You have that sense of living a precarious existence.
To make films is as boring as watching paint dry. You usually have to do tiny bits here and there. You go off waiting for lighting, you come back - the energy dies. You hope you can find someone who can keep it going.
[on an older nun who looked after Agutter's ill mother] I once asked her how she coped with difficulties and she looked at me very quizzically and said: "You just get on with it." Difficult times were not something that got in the way, they were simply something that happened. Sometimes there was happiness, sometimes there was sadness and you dealt with whatever you had at that time. I think Sister Julienne and the nuns at Nonnatus would have felt something similar to that.

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