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Jennifer Ann "Jenny" Agutter OBE (born 20 December 1952) is an English film and television actress. She began her career as a child actress in the mid-1960s, appearing in television and film adaptations of The Railway Children and the film Walkabout, before taking adult roles and moving to Hollywood.
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Jennifer Ann Agutter
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I am often asked what my favourite role has been. This is almost impossible to answer. On a whim I might say Alice in Arden of Faversham, a part I played on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Or the nurse Alex Price in the film An American Werewolf in London. The characters couldn’t be more different: Alice was a woman from the 16th century who wanted to be rid of her husband - and who made eight attempts to murder him before finally succeeding. Alex Price was a modern, no-nonsense young woman who fell in love with a wonderful guy; unfortunately he turned out to be a werewolf.
The truth is that I have been very lucky in the parts I have played. However, a good film or play is the whole created by a number of elements, only one of which is the role being offered. I would often ask Theo Cowan - a legendary publicist who handled press for me from the age of fourteen - for advice about whether to take on work. His response would inevitably be along the same lines: “Is the location good? Is it an enjoyable team of people to work with? What will the grub be like?”
Walkabout fell into the category of a great location. I was four months in the Australian outback, and it was an amazing adventure. You never know whilst making a film how it will turn out and I was unaware at the time what an extraordinary piece of work Nic Roeg was creating. I was engrossed in the day-to-day discoveries, travelling across this staggeringly beautiful continent with what seemed to me, at the age of sixteen, like a circus troupe. We stayed in hostels miles from anywhere or camped in the outback. One night the props department provided me with an antique iron bed in which to sleep out under the stars. We went by small plane and helicopter to regions that the explorers Burke and Wills may have trekked across with their camels during their legendary 1860 expedition, but which no one had been to since. Making Walkabout was an exceptional experience.
Making a film in Europe requires rather less of a pioneering spirit. Meals are very important - in France I think the crew would strike if they were not served a gourmet lunch of several courses with a choice of wine and a number of excellent cheeses to follow. My first experience of this was at the age of thirteen when I went to Cap Ferrat in the South of France to play a small role as Pamela Lawrence in Star, a big-budget Hollywood movie about the life of Gertrude Lawrence, played by Julie Andrews. The location was an impressive villa in an exclusive part of the Côte d’Azur. Lunch was as big a production as the film itself. Julie Andrews, however, would have a plain yoghurt and a rest. Hers was a demanding role and there was not a scene in which she did not take part.
Being a guest in a successful television series is most enjoyable - whether one’s in Hawaii having a case investigated by Tom Selleck as Magnum, or in a remote part of the Yorkshire moors hoping not to be arrested by Nick Berry, the PC in Heartbeat. There is an efficient but relaxed atmosphere on set, which comes from the crew and regular artists knowing one another well. I played Susannah Temple-Richards in Fair Game, an episode in the fourth series of Heartbeat for Yorkshire TV. The backdrop for this vintage police drama is Goathland, a rugged moorland village where it is impossible to receive any mobile phone signals - a “disadvantage” that actually removes huge amounts of pressure from filming. As little contact could be made with the outside world, we were just left to get on with work. The episode was wonderfully directed by Matthew Evans, and mine was also a terrific role.
Sometimes it is rewarding to be given roles which people don’t expect you to play. I loved being Connie, the stressed wife of a politician in the TV mini-series And the Beat Goes On, about Liverpool in the Sixties. When it was being shown I remember someone on the street asking whether I was off the tranquilisers yet. Tessa in Spooks was also a brilliant role to play. Episodes were being written as we went along. I never knew what she was going to do, whether she would turn out to be good or bad. I always felt she was amoral, but holding on to certain principles in what can be a fairly unprincipled business.
I began by saying it was almost impossible to say what my favourite role has been. On reflection, I think it is utterly impossible - but that’s because I continue to be offered new challenges, new experiences and the chance to enter characters and worlds I have never before explored. I hope my good fortune continues.
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Date of Birth 20 December 1952, Taunton, Somerset, England, UK
Birth Name Jennifer Ann Agutter
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)
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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 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Ballerina: Part 1 (1966) and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: 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), Long After Summer (1967), Star! (1968), I Start Counting (1970), 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 (1989), Miss Right (1982) 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 Le nain rouge (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.
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Johan Tham (4 August 1990 - present) (1 child)
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]
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[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.
Active - 1964 - 2014 | Born - Dec 20, 1952 in Taunton, Devonshire, England | Genres - Drama, Adventure, Children's/Family, Horror, Mystery
Biography by Jason Buchanan
Possessing an almost hypnotic earthy beauty that perfectly compliments her effectively understated acting style, Jenny Agutter made a lasting impression on cinema lovers worldwide with appearances in such films as The Railway Children (1970), Walkabout (1971), and Logan's Run (1976). Although she continued to appear in features in the ensuing decades, the actress also made a notable name for herself as both a high-profile philanthropist and photographer. Born in Taunton, Somerset, England, in the winter of 1952 of military parents, Agutter had seen most of the world by the age of 11, when she was enrolled in the Elmhurst Ballet School in Cambury, Surrey. She made her film debut in East of Sudan (1964) when only 12, and, after utilizing her dance skills in Ballerina the following year, she made her biggest impression to date in the feature version of The Railway Children (1970). (She had previously appeared in a television series based on the story.) Entering drama school at the age of 17 while living in London, the demands of her studies frequently conflicted with an increasingly busy film schedule. Around the time of her appearance in Nicolas Roeg's surreal outback drama Walkabout, Agutter decided to move to Hollywood. There, she quickly gained a reputation as a formidable talent, and her 1971 performance in a made-for-TV production of The Snow Goose (opposite Richard Harris) earned the actress her first Emmy award. Frequently alternating between television and film during the following few years, Agutter once again turned heads as the heroine of Logan's Run (1976). A fugitive of a system that terminates all citizens over the age of 30, the futuristic movie proved to be a hit and the actress became well known to stateside science fiction aficionados.
Agutter was appeared on-stage frequently during this period, and her love for the theater was clearly on display in such efforts as The Man in the Iron Mask (1976) and Othello (1981). Following her high-profile role as a nurse who falls for a lycanthrope in John Landis' An American Werewolf in London, Agutter kept things low-key through the remainder of the '80s, although eagle-eyed fans could catch a quick glimpse of her in such features as Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) and King of the Wind (1988). In the late '80s, she met Swedish hotelier Johan Tham while attending an arts festival in Bath, and the two were married the following year; a son following shortly thereafter. Moving back to England following their marriage, the couple made a home in Cornwall. Although her film roles would become increasingly sporadic over the next decade, Agutter did appear in small capacities in such features as Darkman (1990), Child's Play 2 (1990), and Blue Juice (1995). More frequent during this period were television roles, which included The Buccaneers (1995), Bramwell (1998), and a small-screen remake of The Railway Children in 2000 (this time playing the mother). Drawn back into films at the dawn of the new millennium, Agutter appeared in The Parole Officer (2001) and Number One Longing, Number Two Regret (2002). In addition to her acting career, Agutter published a book of photography in 1984, Snap: Observations of London and Los Angeles, and, over the years, became increasingly involved with such charitable causes as The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Action for Children, an organization which provides shelter and resources for homeless children.
Jennifer Ann Agutter (born 20 December 1952) is an English actress whose notable roles include Tessa Phillips in the British TV drama series Spooks. She also played Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London, Jessica 6 in Logan`s Run, Joanne Simpson in Child`s Play 2 and Jill Mason in Equus. Agutter came to television audiences as Kirsty in the twice-weekly BBC series, The Newcomers. Kirsty was the daughter of the new managing director, but Agutter could appear only during school holidays and was listed in credits as Jennifer. Later she appeared as Roberta in the BBC children`s series The Railway Children and played the same part in Lionel Jeffries` 1970 film of the book. Her ingenuousness led to a more serious role in the thriller I Start Counting (1969). She also won an Emmy for her television role as Fritha in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Snow Goose (1971).
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), Sweet William (1980), and An American Werewolf in London (1981). Since 1990, Agutter has brought up her son and her work has been in sound recordings and supporting charities, notably the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, of which she is a patron (she is also a carrier of the disease). She was a guest in series 6 of Red Dwarf, and appeared in the TV series TECX, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, and And The Beat Goes On. In 2000, she made her third appearance in The Railway Children, produced by Carlton TV and this time playing the mother. In 2002, Agutter featured in the BBC television series Spooks and in 2007, she starred in the first episode of the new series of David Jason`s ITV television series Diamond Geezer. In 2007, she also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Bride of Peladon. Agutter says her enduring popularity comes from having grown up on film, that audiences relate to her characters through their own experiences. She believes the innocence of characters she played in early films combined with the costumes and nudity in later adult roles such as Logan`s Run (1976), Equus (1977) and An American Werewolf in London (1981) are "perfect fantasy fodder".
Agutter remained single in Los Angeles, and it has been reported she never lived with a man until she was married. In 1989, at an arts festival in Bath, she met Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier who was a director of Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire. In 1990, she became pregnant by Tham and they married on 4 August. Their son Jonathan was born on 25 December 1990. They live in Camberwell, London. Agutter owns a second home on The Lizard, the most southerly point on the English mainland.
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