Throughout her career Jenny Agutter has been closely associated with The Railway Children. She appeared as a child in the 1967 BBC TV serialization, then in the classic 1970 film of the book. Finally in 2000, she played Mother in the Carlton TV adaption.
Jenny trained at Elmhurst Ballet School where she was discovered and cast as a young dancer in Walt Disney's film Ballerina. After a number of film and television roles she came to the public's attention in 1970 playing Roberta in Lionel Jeffries film of The Railway Children. In 1971 Walkabout was released and Jenny won an Emmy for her role as Fritha in the BBC TV film of The Snow Goose. Whilst continuing to play classic roles on television; Hedvig in The Wild Duck, Anya in The Cherry Orchard Rosalind in Love's Labours Lost, she turned to the theatre working at Hampstead Theatre club and the acclaimed Manchester 69 Theatre Company where she played in Arms and the Man opposite Tom Courtenay. Jenny joined the Royal National Theatre in 1973 to play Miranda in Sir Peter Hall's production of The Tempest with Sir John Gielgud. After her year with the RNT Jenny moved to Los Angeles, where she was signed up in 1975 by MGM to make Logan's Run. Continuing to work on both sides of the Atlantic her films include: The Eagle Has Landed, An American Werewolf in London, Sweet William, Equus, for which she won a British Academy Award, King of the Wind, Secret Places, Blue Juice and The Parole Officer. TV credits are numerous but include: Silas Marner, Beulah Land, This Office Life, Amy, Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less, The Buccaneers and Bramwell.
Jenny has maintained a career in the theatre: In 1981 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company to play in King Lear, Edward Bond' Lear, and Arden of Faversham. She has played in the West End in Breaking the Silence, and on Broadway opposite Derek Jacobi in Breaking the Code. In 1995 she went with the RSC to Tokyo to play the Princess of France in Love's Labours Lost and was Mrs. Darling in 1999 Royal National Theatre production of Peter Pan with Ian McKellan as Hook. In 2007 Jenny returned to the West End to play Hester Salomon in Equus with Daniel Radcliffe.
Recent Television appearances include Spooks, The Alan Clark Diaries with John Hurt, Poirot-Taken at the Flood, Diamond Geezer and The Invisibles.
Amongst the many books Jenny has recorded are: The Railway Children, The Secret Garden (winner of the Spoken Word best children's brook award) Music and Silence, Bad Blood, We have Always Lived in The Castle, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and The Thirteenth Tale.
Jenny is currently working on a new Television series Monday Monday for the Independent company Talkback Thames, to be aired autumn 2008.
Jenny is now living in Britain where she divides her time between London and Cornwall. She is married with one son. Jenny is involved with several charities; she is patron of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and Ovacome and an ambassador for NCH the children's charity. In 2004 she was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by The University of Bradford.