English actress Jenny Agutter recently had a birthday, and as I was posting images to Frock Flicks social media, I was surprised by just how many period films/TV series she’s done! There wasn’t room to post them all there, so I thought she deserved a feature here on the blog.
The Railway Children (1970)
Her break-out role in a story of an Edwardian family whose father is accused of being a spy, so the family has to move to a run-down home near train tracks.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
A story about a fictional German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill near the end of World War II.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)
As Louis XIV’s mistress, Louise de la Vallière, in the classic 1660s-set Dumas story — with Richard Chamberlain as Louis!
China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)
An Italian-Spanish western.
Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure (1979)
A TV movie focusing on romantic relationships between the pilgrims (blech). With Anthony Hopkins!
The Riddle of the Sands (1979)
A spy thriller set in 1901.
The Survivor (1981)
An Australian horror story about a man who survives a plane crash and starts having visions; I’m not sure why Agutter is in Edwardian costume here, but I’m being a completionist!
Secret Places (1984)
A German refugee girl sent to an English boarding school during World War II.
Silas Marner (1985)
An adaptation of the early-19th century-set George Eliot novel.
Love’s Labour’s Lost (1985)
As Rosaline in the Shakespeare play, reset in the mid-18th century.
King of the Wind (1990)
About a famous 18th century horse.
The Buccaneers (1995)
The 1870s-set story of four Americans taking on England through marriage, based on the Edith Wharton novel. Agutter plays the slightly older mistress of an English lord who gets set aside for a new American wife.
A Respectable Trade (1998)
An adaptation of a Philippa Fucking Gregory book, set in 1787 and centered on the British slave trade.
In two episodes of this British series about a female doctor in 1895.
The Railway Children (2000)
Same story, but this time as the mom!
Poirot: Taken at the Flood (2006)
In one episode of the 1930s-set murder mystery series by Agatha Christie.
Glorious 39 (2009)
As the mother to a very complicated English family in this World War II-set story.
Call the Midwife (2012- )
Nurse midwives working in 1950s-60s London; Agutter plays Sister Julienne.
Queen of the Desert (2015)
As Gertrude Bell’s stepmother, writer Florence Bell.
A story set in 1895 Cornwall, which must have something to do with tin mining.
What’s your favorite Jenny Agutter frock flick role?