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1[[quoteright:223:]]²->''"The things that I've done that have totally been remembered, they've always started with the same kind of engine, they've always started with someone saying 'I have to make this film - I'm going to make this film whatever the odds'."''²²Jennifer Ann "Jenny" Agutter, [-[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever OBE]]-] (born December 20, 1952 in Taunton, England) is an English actress best known as Jessica 6 in ''Film/LogansRun'', Roberta "Bobbie" Waterbury in ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'', and [[HospitalHottie Alex Price]] in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''. Currently she stars as the spirited, saintly nun-in-charge [[TeamMum Sister]] [[SilkHidingSteel Julienne]] on Creator/TheBBC smash hit series ''Series/CallTheMidwife''.²²Agutter began her career at age 12 in ''East of Sudan'' and subsequently appeared in ''The Snow Goose'', ''The Newcomers'', ''Film/{{Walkabout}}'', and in an iconic turn as "Bobbie" Waterbury in both the TV and film incarnations of ''The Railway Children''.²²After a stint with the Royal National Theatre -- where she worked with Creator/JohnGielgud, who, she says, [[ truly taught her the craft of acting]] -- she left for Los Angeles at 21 and remained there for over a decade, appearing in, among others, ''Literature/TheManInTheIronMask'', ''Film/TheEagleHasLanded'', ''An American Werewolf in London'', ''Logan's Run'', and ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', the last of which won her a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.²²''Werewolf'' and ''Logan's Run'' cemented her status as an iconic [[MsFanservice/LiveActionFilm sex symbol]] of the '70s, where she was arguably very much the time's equivalent of Creator/KeiraKnightley; a petite posh British woman who gets her clothes off a lot. This has ''definitely'' [[ not diminished over the years]].²²Tired of Hollywood, Agutter returned to England, playing the title role in ''Theatre/HeddaGabler'' at the Roundhouse Theatre in 1980 and spending the 1982-83 season with the Creator/RoyalShakespeareCompany. Throughout the the 1980s she made sporadic appearances on film and television, including ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' as Rosaline and ''Series/MagnumPI'' as Krista Villeroch.²²Unfortunately, an acting career that began at twelve took its toll on Agutter. "If being adult is knowing who you are then that was put off well into my thirties," she noted. Fortunately, marriage (to Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier), motherhood, and cutting back on her workload in the 1990s to raise her son allowed her the time she needed to finally mature.²²She did continue to appear on television, radio, and the odd film, including playing stressed politician's wife Connie Spencer in ''And The Beat Goes On'' and Tessa Phillips in ''Series/{{Spooks}}''. In 2000, she made a dramatic and heartwarming return to ''Literature/TheRailwayChildren'' in Creator/{{ITV}}'s telefilm of the novel, this time playing the mother opposite Jemima Rooper as a worthy successor to Agutter's iconic Bobbie.²²A tremendous self-esteem boost in her 30s led to a far more candid Jenny Agutter; though always genuinely warm, sweet, and down-to-earth, these days she is willing to allow her grumps and flaws to show. Funny enough, with this came far more control over her career; she is far choosier now about her roles than she was early on, spends more time with her family, and in 1997 finally felt confident enough to return to the National Theatre after nearly a quarter-century as Mrs Darling in ''Literature/PeterPan''.²²Most recently she appeared as a shadowy member of the World Security Council in the 2012 box office smash ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', a role she reprised in 2014's ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Meanwhile, she is also playing a lead role in ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', the BBC's biggest hit in ten years, as the devout, lively nun-in-charge Sister Julienne, head midwife of Nonnatus House; the drama has been a surprise ratings smash and will likely run for several more years.²²Agutter currently lives in Camberwell, South London, with her husband and son; the family also own a second home in Cornwall.²²!!Tropes:²²* ContractualPurity: She became a sex symbol with the films ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' and even earlier with ''Walkabout'' where she appeared nude at the age of sixteen. This prevented people from seeing her entirely as Bobbie Waterbury. [[invoked]]²* FakeIrish: In the MadeForTVMovie ''A War of Children'' she plays Maureen, who is a Belfast native. [[invoked]]²* ProductionPosse: She, David Schofield and John Woodvine had worked on ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' together and all reunited to work on ''Burke & Hare''. [[invoked]]²* ThoseTwoActors: With Creator/MichaelYork in ''Film/LogansRun'', ''September'' and ''The Riddle of the Sands''. [[invoked]]²²----


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