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Jenny Agutter Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Ann Agutter
Birth Place:
Taunton, Somerset, England

Fast Facts

  • The daughter of a British army officer who later joined Combined Services Entertainment, which produced entertainment shows for the troops
  • As a result, she visited and/or lived in Germany, Singapore and Cyprus as a child
  • Fell in love with ballet as a little girl and, though she knew she wouldn't make it a career, continued taking classes into her 20s
  • Attended boarding school from age 8 to 16
  • Among her classmates: fellow future actor Victoria Tennant
  • Starred in one of Britain's perennial favorite family films: The Railway Children (1970), an adaptation of the E
  • Nesbit children's book
  • Acted with the Royal National Theater at age 21, appearing alongside John Gielgud in The Tempest
  • She later acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in King Lear, Lear and Arden of Faversham
  • An accomplished photographer who published Snap: Observations of Los Angeles and London in 1983
  • Among the charities she's involved with: Cystic Fibrosis Trust; Action for Children; and Ovacome, an ovarian cancer support network
  • Awarded the Order of the British Empire for her charitable work in 2012


  • 1981Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1972Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama: winner