JENNY AGUTTER (1952 to present) - Actress
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||Jennifer Ann Agutter was born in Taunton, Somerset on 20 December 1952.
Her father, Derek, was a British Army officer and later ran the Combined Services Entertainment, producing shows for the forces. Jenny lived her very early years in Singapore and then in Nicosia, Cyprus. At the age of eight she went to Elmhurst boarding school in Camberley, Surrey.
Her acting career began at the age of 11, when she got the part of Ingrid Jensen in the Disney film Ballerina. At the same time she was cast as Asua in East Of Sudan (1964). The latter film was completed before filming on Ballerina (1966) started.
Fame came at 14, when she played Roberta in the BBC television series The Railway Children (1970). Three years later, after filming Walkabout in Australia, Jenny played Roberta again in the Lionel Jeffries film of The Railway Children.
Jenny's other films include Logan's Run (1976), The Eagle Has Landed (1976) - part filmed in Cornwall, Eguus (1977), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Child's Play 2 (1991) and a minor part in Marvel's Avengers Assemble (2012).
Other television parts have included Fritha in The Snow Goose (1971) [and an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress], Mary Shelley in Shelley (1972), Louise de la Vallière in The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), Rosaline in Love's Labours Lost (1985), Krista Villeroch in Magnum, P.I. (1985), Professor Mamet in Red Dwarf ("Psirens" episode of 1993), Susannah Temple-Richards in Heartbeat (1994 & 1996), Roberta's mother in The Railway Children (2000), Tessa Phillips in Spooks (2002-3), Jane Clark in The Alan Clark Diaries (2004), Jenny Mountfield in Monday, Monday (2009) and Sister Julienne in Call the Midwife (2012).
Jenny remained single until 4th August 1990, when she married Swedish hotelier Johan Tham. Their son, Jonathan, was born on Christmas Day in 1990. Although their main home is in London, they spend a lot of their time at their Cornish home on The Lizard.
In the June 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours, Jenny was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for charitable services.