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Jenny Agutter (1952)

Jennifer Ann Agutter

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Jennifer Ann "Jenny" Agutter is an English film and television actress. She began her career as a child actress in the mid 1960s, starring in the BBC television series The Railway Children and the film adaptation of the same book, before moving on to adult roles and relocating to Hollywood.

She 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. Since the 1990s, she has worked in sound recording, and she is a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. After a break from acting she has appeared in several television series since 2000, including the British series Spooks.

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 early life
Agutter is the daughter of Catherine (née Lynam) and Derek Brodie Agutter, a former British Army officer and entertainment organiser. As a child, she lived in Dhekelia and Kuala Lumpur . She was discovered at Elmhurst Ballet School 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 .

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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 played Roberta in 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 . She also won an Emmy for her television role as Fritha in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Snow Goose .

Agutter transitioned successfully to adult roles, beginning with Walkabout , 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, and the director took advantage of her coming of age by including nude scenes.Nowra, L. . Walkabout. Sydney: Currency Press & Canberra: ScreenSound Australia, National Screen and Sound Archive, pp. 17–18; ISBN 9780868197005. Among them was a five-minute skinny-dipping scene, which was cut from the original US release. She said at the 2005 Bradford Film Festival at the National Media Museum that she was shocked by the film's explicitness but is on good terms with director Nicolas Roeg.Jenny Agutter: A Charmed Career, 2006. Directed by Tony Earnshaw. National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.

Agutter moved to Hollywood at 21 and appeared in a number of films over the next decade, including The Eagle Has Landed , Logan's Run , Equus , Sweet William , and An American Werewolf in London .

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 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 has stated that the innocence of the characters she played in 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".McLean, G., 2002. My life in front of the lens. The Guardian, internet 22 February. Available at .Accessed 21 August 2009Crace, J., 1997. Interview: Almost forever young. The Independent, internet 8 December. Available at http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/interview-almost-forever-young-1287588.html and archived at . Accessed 21 August 2009

 Theatre
She has appeared in numerous theatre productions since her stage debut in 1970, including stints at the National Theatre in 1972/3, the title role in a derivation of Hedda Gabler at the Roundhouse in 1980, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982/3.

 personal life
Agutter remained single until 1989, when at an arts festival in Bath, she met Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier who was a director of Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire. They married on 4 August 1990. Their son Jonathan was born on 25 December 1990. They live in London. Agutter owns a second home in Cornwall at the Lizard .

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