an almost hypnotic beauty that perfectly compliments her effectively
understated acting style, Jenny Agutter has 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 continues to appear numerous films the actress has also made a
notable name for herself as both a high-profile philanthropist and
in Taunton, England in 1952, her father was a military officer. Jenny
had seen most of the world by the age of 11 (due to her fathers profession)
when she was enrolled in the Elmhurst Ballet School in Cambury, Surrey.
She made her film debut in East of Sudan (1964) when she was only 12
with Anthony Quayle. Then 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
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.
was appearing on-stage frequently during this period as this in many
ways was her first love. She also starred alongside Richard Chamberlain
in a well-received TV version of the famous Dumas tale 'The Man in the
Iron Mask' (1977) and turned in a solid performance in the leading female
role in 'The Eagle Has Landed' (1976) with Michael Caine and Donald
Sutherland. The following year, she starred in Peter Shaffer's disturbing
play Equus (1977) alongside Richard Burton. This is the play in which
Daniel (Harry Potter) Radcliffe was the lead (2007).
became something of a cult star after her role as a nurse who falls
for a werewolf in John Landis' highly success black comedy 'An American
Werewolf in London' (1981). Agutter then 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).