Jenny Agutter (1952-) b. Taunton, Somerset, England.
Jennifer Ann Agutter was born the daughter of a British Army officer and travelled the world from Germany to the Far East and Asia as a child. Trained as a dancer at Elmhurst Ballet School, her first film appearance came during childhood in the adventure East of Sudan (1964). She first came to the attention of television audiences as the resourceful Roberta in a BBC dramatisation of The Railway Children, and went on to play the same part in Lionel Jeffries charming 1970 film adaptation.
Her characteristic naïve charm led on to a more serious role in the psychological thriller I Start Counting (1970). Agutter began a transition to adult roles in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971), playing a teenaged schoolgirl who was lost in the Australian outback with her younger brother. The film’s theme of the transition from childhood to adulthood mirrored Agutter’s life and career at the time.
Agutter appeared in a number of memorable films over the next decade, including the tv-movie The Snow Goose (1971) opposite Richard Harris, WWII adventure The Eagle Has Landed (1976), the heroine of cult sci-fi Logan’s Run (1976), Sidney Lumet’s psychological drama Equus (1977) and the nurse in John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981). Subsequently, the young and gifted actress found it difficult to maintain her early momentum in British cinema.
In the following years, Agutter has worked sporadically in America and on television. In 2000, she made her third appearance in a production of The Railway Children, this time playing the role of the mother. She has appeared in the TV series The Buccaneers, And the Beat Goes On , Spooks and The Alan Clark Diaries.