Born: 20 December 1952
Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England
Best known as: Star of An American Werewolf in London
In Britain, Jenny Agutter is a respected stage actress; in America, she is remembered as the star of the fantasy films Logan's Run
(1976) and An American Werewolf in London
(1981). Agutter was still a teen when she appeared in the films The Railway Children
(1970, as Roberta) and Walkabout
(1971, directed by Nicholas Roeg). Her theater career grew apace; in 1974 she played Miranda in Shakespeare
's The Tempest
at the National Theater, opposite Sir John Gielgud as Prospero. In the mid-1970s she jumped to Hollywood, appearing as Michael York's love interest in the futuristic sci-fi movie Logan's Run
(a film made famous by the brief appearance of Farrah Fawcett
). Agutter also appeared in The Man in the Iron Mask
(1976, TV, with Richard Chamberlain
) and Equus
(1977, with Richard Burton); finally she played the nurse in the black comedy An American Werewolf in London
. She returned to the theater in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing with the Royal Shakespearian Company and elsewhere. In 2000 she starred in a new version of The Railway Children
, this time in the grown-up role of Mother. She also appeared in the 2007 West End production of Equus
in which Harry Potter
star Daniel Radcliffe
made his major stage debut.
Agutter’s 1984 book Snap features her photographs of London and Los Angeles… Agutter won an Emmy Award for the 1971 TV movie The Snow Goose… She married hotelier Johan Tham on 4 August 1990.
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