The Info List - Jenny Agutter

Jennifer Ann Agutter OBE (born 20 December 1952) is a British actress. She began her career as a child actress in 1964, appearing in East of Sudan, Star! and two adaptations of The Railway Children—the BBC's 1968 television serial and the 1970 film version. She also starred in the critically acclaimed film Walkabout and the TV film The Snow Goose (both 1971), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. She relocated to the United States in 1974 to pursue a Hollywood career and subsequently appeared in Logan's Run (1976), Amy (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Child's Play 2
Child's Play 2
(1990). Parallel to her Hollywood
film roles, Agutter continued appearing in high-profile British films such as The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Equus (1977)—for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role—and The Riddle of the Sands (1979). In 1981 she also co-starred in The Survivor, an Australian adaptation of the James Herbert novel, and was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. After returning to Britain in the early 1990s to pursue family life, Agutter shifted her focus to television, and in 2000 she appeared in a new television adaptation of The Railway Children, this time taking on the role of the mother. She has continued to work steadily in British television drama, and since 2012 she has starred in the BBC's primetime ratings hit Call the Midwife. She also made a return to Hollywood
film-making in 2012, appearing in Marvel's The Avengers, and reprised her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Agutter is married with one grown-up son. She supports several charitable causes, mostly in relation to cystic fibrosis—a condition her niece suffers from—and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for charitable services.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Television and film 2.2 Theatre 2.3 Audio 2.4 Music

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Agutter was born in Taunton, Somerset, England.[1] She is the daughter of Catherine (née Lynam) and Derek Brodie Agutter, a former British Army officer and entertainment organiser.[2] As a child, she lived in Singapore,[3] Dhekelia (Cyprus) and Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
(Malaya). She was discovered at Elmhurst Ballet School, a boarding school she attended aged 8–16,[3] when a casting agent looked for a young English-speaking girl for a film. She did not get the part but he recommended her to the producers of East of Sudan
East of Sudan
(1964). Career[edit] Television and film[edit] Agutter came to television audiences as Kirsty in the twice-weekly BBC series The Newcomers. The character Kirsty was the daughter of the new managing director of Eden Brothers, the fictional firm that was at the centre of the series. Agutter could appear only during school holidays. At this stage of her career she was listed in credits as Jennifer. In 1968, she was featured in the lavish big-budget 20th Century Fox film musical Star! with Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
as Gertrude Lawrence. In that motion picture, Agutter played Lawrence's neglected daughter Pamela. Later she played Roberta in a BBC
adaptation of The Railway Children (1968) and played the same part in Lionel Jeffries's 1970 film of the book. She followed this with a more serious role in the thriller I Start Counting (1969). She also won an Emmy as supporting actress for her television role as Fritha, in a British television adaptation of The Snow Goose (1971). Agutter moved into adult roles, beginning with Walkabout (1971), playing a teenage schoolgirl lost with her younger brother in the Australian outback. She auditioned for the role in 1967 but funding problems delayed filming until 1969. The delay meant Agutter was 16 at the time of filming, which allowed the director to include nude scenes.[4] Among them was a five-minute skinny-dipping scene, which was cut from the original US release.[5] She said at the 2005 Bradford Film Festival at the National Media Museum
National Media Museum
that she was shocked by the film's explicitness but remains on good terms with director Nicolas Roeg.[6] Agutter moved to Hollywood
at 21 and appeared in a number of films over the next decade, including The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Logan's Run (1976), Equus (1977, for which she won a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress), An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in London
(1981) and an adaptation of the James Herbert
James Herbert
novel, The Survivor (1981). Agutter has commented that the innocence of the characters she played in her early films, combined with the costumes and nudity in later adult roles such as Logan's Run, Equus and An American Werewolf in London, are "perfect fantasy fodder".[7][8] In 1990, Agutter returned to the UK to concentrate on family life and her focus shifted towards British television. During the 1990s she was cast in an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less and as the scandalous Idina Hatton in the BBC
miniseries The Buccaneers, inspired by Edith Wharton's unfinished 1938 book, and made guest appearances in television series such as Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
and Heartbeat. In 2000 she starred in a third adaptation of The Railway Children, produced by Carlton TV, this time playing the mother.[9][10] Since then Agutter has had recurring roles in several television series including Spooks, The Invisibles, Monday Monday and The Alan Clark Diaries. In 2012 Agutter resumed her Hollywood
career, appearing as a member of the World Security Council in the blockbuster film The Avengers; she reprised her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). She currently plays Sister Julienne in the BBC
television drama series Call the Midwife. Theatre[edit] Agutter has appeared in numerous theatre productions since her stage debut in 1970, including stints at the National Theatre in 1972–73, the title role in a derivation of Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler
at the Roundhouse in 1980 and with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
in 1982–83. In 1987–88, Agutter played the role of Pat Green in the Broadway production of the Hugh Whitemore play Breaking the Code, about computer pioneer Alan Turing.[11] In 1995 she was in an RSC production of Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost
staged in Tokyo.[11] She is also a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity that enables school children in the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres.[12] Audio[edit] In 2008 she also guest-starred in the Doctor Who
Doctor Who
audio drama The Bride of Peladon[13] and played an outlawed scientist in The Minister of Chance.[14] She has appeared as a guest star character ("Fiona Templeton") in the Radio 4 comedy Ed Reardon's Week.[15] Music[edit] Agutter appears on the 1990 Prefab Sprout song "Wild Horses", speaking the words "I want to have you".[16] Personal life[edit] At an arts festival in Bath, Somerset, Agutter met Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier who was a director of Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire. They married on 4 August 1990,[17] and their son Jonathan was born on 25 December 1990. Agutter lives in London but has a keen interest in Cornwall
and once owned a second home there on the Trelowarren Estate, in one of the parishes on the Lizard peninsula. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for charitable services.[18] Agutter has been attached to several causes throughout her career. She has been involved in raising awareness of the illness cystic fibrosis, which she believes was responsible for the deaths of two of her siblings. Her niece has the disease. At Agutter's suggestion, an episode of Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
focused on cystic fibrosis.[19] She has also worked in support of charities, in particular the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, of which she is a patron (she is also a carrier of the genetic mutation).[20][21][22] In August 2014, Agutter was also one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September 2014's referendum on that issue.[23] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Roles Notes

1964 East of Sudan Asua

1966 Man Could Get Killed, AA Man Could Get Killed Linda Frazier

1968 Gates to Paradise Maud

Star! Pamela Roper

1969 I Start Counting Wynne

1970 Railway Children, TheThe Railway Children Roberta "Bobbie" Waterbury

1971 Walkabout Girl

1976 Logan's Run Jessica 6

Eagle Has Landed, TheThe Eagle Has Landed Molly Prior

1977 Equus Jill Mason BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The Man in the Iron Mask Louise de la Vallière

1978 China 9, Liberty 37 Catherine Sebanek

Dominique Ann Ballard Minor role, a.k.a. "Dominique Is Dead"

1979 Riddle of the Sands, TheThe Riddle of the Sands Clara

1980 Sweet William Ann Walton

1981 Amy Amy Medford

Survivor, TheThe Survivor Hobbs Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

American Werewolf in London, AnAn American Werewolf in London Nurse Alex Price Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress

1984 Secret Places Miss Lowrie

1989 Dark Tower Carolyn Page

1990 King of the Wind Hannah Coke

Child's Play 2 Joanne Simpson

Darkman Burn Doctor uncredited cameo

1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7 Daffers

1995 Blue Juice Mary Fenton

2001 Parole Officer, TheThe Parole Officer Victor's Wife

2002 At Dawning Escaping woman Short film

2004 Number One Longing, Number Two Regret Kenosha

2007 Irina Palm Jane

2009 Glorious 39 Maud Keyes

2010 Burke and Hare Lucy

2011 Outside Bet Shirley Baxter

2012 The Avengers Councilwoman Hawley

2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2015 Queen of the Desert[24] Florence Bell

Tin Marjorie Dawson


Year Title Roles Notes

1968 Railway Children, TheThe Railway Children Roberta Faraday BBC

1970 Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens, TheThe Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens Young Maria Beadnall / Mary Hogarth / Ellen Ternan TV film

1971 Snow Goose, TheThe Snow Goose Fritha Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

1972 Wild Duck, TheThe Wild Duck Hedvig BBC
TV "Play of the Month" broadcast on BBC1, Sunday 19/3/72 from 8.10 pm to 9.55 pm

War of Children, AA War of Children Maureen Tomelty American (CBS) TV film set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles

Shelley Mary Shelley BBC

1975 Shadows Sue ("The Waiting Room", Season One, Episode Four)

1977 Six Million Dollar Man, TheThe Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Leah Russell ("Deadly Countdown" episode, Parts 1 & 2)

1980 Beulah Land Lizzie Corlay TV mini-series

1985 Love's Labour's Lost Rosaline Television

Magnum, P.I. Krista Villeroch "Little Games" Season 5, Episode #96 TV Series

Silas Marner Nancy Lammeter BBC
TV film

1986 Murder, She Wrote Margo Claymore "One White Rose For Death" Season 3, Episode #4 TV Series

1990 Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less Jill Albery TV mini-series

1992 Dream On Ellen "No Deposit, No Return" Season 3, Episode #22 TV Series

1993 Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
("Psirens" episode) Professor Mamet Television

1994 Heartbeat Susannah Temple-Richards Episode 8, Series 4. Fair Game

1995 Buccaneers, TheThe Buccaneers Idina Hatton Television

2000 Railway Children, TheThe Railway Children Mother ITV

2002 Spooks Tessa Phillips Television

2004 Alan Clark Diaries, TheThe Alan Clark Diaries Jane Clark BBC
TV series

Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
(Series 3, episode 3) Jemma Sanderson BBC
TV Series

Agatha Christie's Marple Agnes Crackenthorpe Series 1 Episode 3 – 4.50 from Paddington

2005 New Tricks
New Tricks
(Series 2, episode 1) Yvonne Barrie BBC
TV Series

2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Adela Marchmont Season 10, Episode 4 – Taken at the Flood

Heroes and Villains[25] June

2007 Diamond Geezer Vanessa ITV series

2008 Invisibles, TheThe Invisibles Barbara Riley BBC
TV series

2009 Monday Monday Jenny Mountfield ITV1 TV series

2010 Midsomer Murders Isobel Chettham episode No. 72, 'The Creeper', ITV1 TV series

2012–present Call the Midwife Sister Julienne BBC
TV series

References[edit] Notes

^ "TV star Jenny Agutter cuts the ribbon on new homes". Somerset County Gazette. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ " Jenny Agutter Film Reference biography". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.  ^ a b " Jenny Agutter is Jane Clark". BBC. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ Nowra, L. (2003). Walkabout. Sydney: Currency Press & Canberra: ScreenSound Australia, National Screen and Sound Archive, pp. 17–18; ISBN 978-0-86819-700-5. ^ "Creative Spirits". Creativespirits.info. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.  ^ Jenny Agutter: A Charmed Career, 2006. Directed by Tony Earnshaw. National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. ^ McLean, G., 2002. My life in front of the lens. The Guardian, [internet] 22 February. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2002/feb/22/artsfeatures2 Archived 1 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine. and archived at https://www.webcitation.org/5jBN0KSUl?url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2002/feb/22/artsfeatures2. Accessed 21 August 2009. ^ Crace, J., 1997. Interview: Almost forever young. The Independent, [internet] 8 December. Available at https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/interview-almost-forever-young-1287588.html and archived at https://www.webcitation.org/5jBNM9E2z?url=http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/interview-almost-forever-young-1287588.html. Accessed 21 August 2009. ^ "Agutter, Jenny (1952–)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.  ^ Lockyer, Daphne (May 2008). "The eyes have it". SAGA magazine: 66. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.  ^ a b Jenny Agutter website: Biography Archived 18 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 5 August 2013. ^ " Jenny Agutter Shakespeare Schools Festival". Ssf.uk.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.  ^ Powell, Jenny Agutter & Philip. "Jenny Agutter: Recordings and Radio". www.jennyagutter.net. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ Mahoney, Elisabeth (16 March 2011). "Radio head: The Minister of Chance". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. This sci-fi podcast is a gripping futuristic thriller – let's hope they get to make the final episodes.  ^ " BBC
Radio 4 Extra – Ed Reardon's Week, Series 8, Have a Great Weekend". BBC. 2012. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  ^ " Prefab Sprout – Jordan: The Comeback". Discogs. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ "Jenny Agutter". NNDB. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.  ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 8.  ^ "CALL THE MIDWIFE- CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS". Robin, Rach and Joe. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ "Sixty Five Roses Club — Scotland". Cystic Fibrosis trust. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ Ewing, Sarah (22 August 2014). "Jenny Agutter: My family values". Guardian. Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ "Jenny Agutter: ' Cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis
is in my family'". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories Politics". theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.  ^ "Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #64. Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert". ION Cinema. 6 January 2015. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.  ^ Powell, Jenny Agutter & Philip. "Jenny Agutter: Film Credits". www.jennyagutter.net. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. 

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BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw
(1968) Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
(1969) Susannah York
Susannah York
(1970) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1971) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1972) Valentina Cortese
Valentina Cortese
(1973) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1974) Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
(1975) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1976) Jenny Agutter (1977) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1978) Rachel Roberts (1979) Rohini Hattangadi
Rohini Hattangadi
/ Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1982) Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
(1983) Liz Smith (1984) Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette
(1985) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1986) Susan Wooldridge (1987) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1988) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Kate Nelligan (1991) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1992) Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes
(1993) Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
(1994) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1996) Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1997) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1998) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1999) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2004) Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Jennifer Lawrence
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(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
(1959) Pamela Brown (1962) Glenda Farrell
Glenda Farrell
(1963) Ruth White (1964) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1966) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1967) Barbara Anderson (1968) Susan Saint James
Susan Saint James
(1969) Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1971) Jenny Agutter (1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Joanna Miles
Joanna Miles
(1974) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1975) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1976) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1977) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1978) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1979) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1980) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1981) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1982) Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
(1983) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1984) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
(1985) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1986) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1987) Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1988) Melanie Mayron (1989) Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger
(1990) Madge Sinclair
Madge Sinclair
(1991) Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaffey
(1992) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1993) Leigh Taylor-Young
Leigh Taylor-Young
(1994) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(1995) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1996) Kim Delaney
Kim Delaney
(1997) Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Holland Taylor
Holland Taylor
(1999) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2000) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(2003) Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo
(2004) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2005) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2006) Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
(2007) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2008) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2009) Archie Panjabi
Archie Panjabi
(2010) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2013) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2014) Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba
(2015) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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