Jenny Agutter

Actor, Photographer, Dancer
This talented, atypically beautiful teenage lead trained as a ballet dancer and made her film debut at age 12 in "East of Sudan" (1964), playing an Arab child. Jenny Agutter came to international attention, however, in ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1952 in Devonshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (52)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 (Movie)

Councilwoman Hawley (Actor)

In Your Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Call the Midwife 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Outside Bet 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

World Security Council (Actor)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Irina Palm 2008 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

MI-5 1986 - 1987, 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

At Dawning 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

Sarah--Victor's Wife (Actor)

The Railway Children 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Juice 1996 (Movie)

Guinvere/Mary Fenton (Actor)

The Buccaneers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 (Movie)

of Daffers (Voice)

Child's Play 2 1990 (Movie)

Joanne Simpson (Actor)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

King of the Wind 1990 (Movie)

Hannah Coke (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Tower 1988 (Movie)

Carolyn Page (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Secret Places 1985 (Movie)

Miss Lowrie (Actor)

The Riddle of the Sands 1984 (Movie)

Clara Dollman (Actor)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

Alex Price (Actor)

Amy 1980 (Movie)

Amy Medford (Actor)

Mayflower: The Pilgrim's Adventure 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet William 1980 (Movie)

Ann Walton (Actor)

The Survivor 1980 (Movie)

Hobbs (Actor)

Dominique 1979 (Movie)

Ann Ballard (Actor)

China 9, Liberty 37 1977 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

Jill Mason (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Logan's Run 1975 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

Molly Prior (Actor)

Walkabout 1971 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

The Railway Children 1970 (Movie)

Bobbie (Actor)

I Start Counting 1969 (Movie)

Wynne (Actor)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

Gates to Paradise 1966 (Movie)

Maud (Actor)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

Linda Frazier (Actor)

A Respectable Trade (TV Show)

Actor

A War of Children (TV Show)

Actor

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

September (TV Show)

Actor

Silas Marner (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsiders (TV Show)

Actor

The Savage Curse (TV Show)

Actor

The Snow Goose (TV Show)

Actor

The Winter's Tale (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

This talented, atypically beautiful teenage lead trained as a ballet dancer and made her film debut at age 12 in "East of Sudan" (1964), playing an Arab child. Jenny Agutter came to international attention, however, in Nicolas Roeg's "Walkabout" (1971), as a girl lost with her brother in the Australian outback who comes to rely on an aborigine in order to survive. She has since made a smooth transition to adult roles--although usually in supporting parts--in such diverse films as "Sweet William" (1979), "An American Werewolf in London" (1981), "Darkman" and "Child's Play 2" (both 1990).<p>Agutter began her career studying ballet. After her film debut, she was in demand for teenager roles and segued to the small screen in the 1965 British serial "Alexander Graham Bell", followed by such other series as "The Newcomers" (1968). Although she played Pamela, the daughter of the flamboyant Gertrude Lawrence (Julie Andrews), in "Star!" (1968), the screen persona of her youth was that of a youth left to her own devices as in the TV serial "The Railway Children" (BBC, 1968), a role she reprised in a 1971 feature and, especially, "Walkabout". She continued in this vein with an Emmy-winning turn in the TV adaptation of Paul Gallico's "The Snow Goose" (NBC, 1971).<p>Within a few years, however, Agutter had outgrown that image and matured into ingenues with an edge, usually one who believes in a non-conformist young man. She played this role in the 1977 feature adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play "Equus", for which she won a BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Award. Shifting to working for American studios, Agutter was "Amy" (1981), a woman who leaves her husband to teach the handicapped in the Disney production. Also that year, she was the libertine who loves and believes David Naughton in "An American Werewolf in London". Agutter shifted her career to Hollywood at the time, although feature films became sporadic; with her dark blonde hair and unconventional attractiveness, she was not a lead that reflected American tastes. By the 1990s, she was in horror films like "Child's Play 2" (1990), providing vocals for animated films ("Freddie as F.R.O.7" 1992) and appearing in little seen efforts like 1995's "Blue Juice".<p>After winning her Emmy, Agutter played an Irish Catholic who falls for a British soldier (Anthony Andrews) in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "A War of Children" (CBS, 1972) In 1979, she portrayed Priscilla Mullins, one of the first American heroines of folklore, in "Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure" (CBS, 1979). Agutter broke type to play an English prostitute in the 1980 NBC miniseries of the antebellum South, "Beulah Land". Her other TV work has included Rosline in the 1984 BBC version of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost", Nancy in a 1987 adaptation of "Silas Marner" (PBS) and a British society woman in "The Buccaneers" (PBS, 1995), based on an unfinished Edith Wharton novel. More recently, she was in conflict with Jacqueline Bisset in the Showtime original "September" (1996).

Relationships

Catherine Agutter

Mother

Jonathan Tham

Son

Derek Agutter

Father

Johan Tham

Husband
doctor with a hotel management company born c. 1945

EDUCATION

Elmhurst Ballet School

Camberly , Surrey

Milestones

2000

Had featured role in ITV remake of "The Railway Children"

1996

Co-starred in "September" (Showtime)

1995

Played featured role in the British miniseries "The Buccaneers" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")

1992

Performed voice for animated "Freddie as F.R.O.7"

1987

Appeared on Broadway in "Breaking the Code"

1981

Was featured in John Landis' "An American Werewolf in London"

1979

Portrayed Priscilla Mullins in "Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure" (CBS)

1977

Played Peter Firth's love interest in Sidney Lumet's film adaptation of "Equus"

1976

Co-starred in the sci-fi feature "Logan's Run"

1973

London stage debut, "Rooted" at Hampstead Theatre Club

1972

Had featured role in the Emmy-winning CBS TV-movie "A War of Children"

1972

Stage debut, "The School for Scandal" in Surrey

1970

Won international attention as the female lead in Nicholas Roeg's "Walkabout"

1970

US TV debut in the NBC TV-movie "The Snow Goose"; won Emmy Award

1965

British TV debut in "Alexander Graham Bell"

1964

Screen acting debut in "East of Sudan"

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