For eight years we’ve known her as the make-up free Sister Julienne in Call the Midwife, so it’s a treat to see Jenny Agutter all glammed up. While she makes dressing up in sequins and cashmere look effortlessly easy for the camera, Jenny, 66, reveals she feels more herself in casual gear. It’s great catching a glimpse of this laid-back Jenny – after all, she’s been busy entertaining the nation since she was 17 when she became a household name after starring in The Railway Children. Many high-profile roles and awards later, you may expect her global fame to have gone to her head, but catching up with Jenny is like chatting to someone we’ve known all our lives.
And she’s not done with acting yet, admitting she still has many ambitions, including appearing in a Call the Midwife film, no doubt inspired by the recent success of Downton Abbey’s big-screen debut. But it’s not just Sister Julienne who Jenny wants to play in movies, as she’d like to return to Hollywood too, revealing, ‘I would love to star alongside Sean Penn. He’s so honest and always chooses such interesting work.’
Given her current role as a 1950s and 60s midwife, it’s almost easy to forget about Jenny’s classic good looks. But it quickly becomes clear she’s had many infatuated male fans. Laughing, Jenny recalls a time she was living in LA: ‘I used to get fan letters from a young man from South America who said he wanted to marry me. I ignored them until I was sent a letter from US immigration asking for details about my relationship, as he’d told the authorities he was moving to the US so we could be married!’
With an infectious sense of humor, it’s easy to see why Jenny has had everyone falling in love with her for more than five decades.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
My First Christmas As A Widow
Stunned by the death of her beloved husband, Diana O’Connor struggled as the festive season drew near – but she has since found fresh hope in life
Reset Your Life Compass
It’s time to reflect and set your sights on making 2020 your best year
Knowing Me Knowing You
From secret languages to sensing the other’s thoughts, the bond between twins will always be special. Three sets share their stories
The Boy In This Picture Is Fearless, And I Love That
Being a comedian was in Lenny Henry’s blood – and it was appearing on New Faces in 1975 that launched his stellar career
A Year With Friends
Catherine Barr made a resolution to walk with a different friend each month of the year. The 12 walks were a joy, so she’s doing it all again
'I'm Proud Of The Lines On My Face, I've Earned Them!'
Actress Jenny Agutter talks to Selina Maycock about Botox, her love of rap music and when she almost fainted in front of a patient
'Tis The Season To Be Tidy
The guests are due – but does it really matter if the house is in its usual state of chaos, wonders bestselling novelist Katie Fforde
'I Bought Myself A Wedding Ring!'
Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 79, shares her passions and memories. She lives with her husband John Playfair, in the Cotswolds country home she’s had for 40 years
THE BIG DAY!
Our showstopping festive feast shows just how versatile vegan and veggie cooking can be...
Inspiring ways to feed a crowd. You’re welcome…
Angie's LONELY LIFE
ONCE THE MOST ALLURING STAR IN HOLLYWOOD, ANGELINA JOLIE HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE ISOLATED, RELYING ON HER BROOD OF SIX AS HER ONLY COMPANY.
The Humility Sisters
What would two nuns know about taking care of a baby?
Olga Starostina & The Timeless Beauty of Irish Crochet
Years ago, when I was new to crochet, I heard a woman say she stopped knitting “because there’s nothing new to learn.” I was shocked. With new techniques and stitch patterns emerging, there is so much to know about crochet and knit work.
JENNY WREN COMPACT
CRKT AND RMJ TACTICAL TEAM UP TO OFFER A RUGGED, AFFORDABLE CAMP TOOL YOU CAN TAKE ANYWHERE
Superstar showrunner and producer Jenny Lumet is creating a whole new Clarice.
7 Keys for Self-Care
How to make your life on Earth radiant.
Fall Forecast: Warm & Bright
A designer reveals unexpected ways to cozy up your home this season.
KIM DELANEY ON JOINING GH
Over 36 years after exiting ALL MY CHILDREN following a three-year run as heroine Jenny Gardner Nelson, Kim Delaney returns to daytime this week in a top-secret role on GH.
Let's "Get Squared" With Jenny King!
In a previous In the World of Crochet article, I said that one of the many advantages of attending yarn shows such as Chain Link or sheep and wool festivals is meeting the dynamic people of yarn companies. Let me broaden that remark to include the great designers who create the patterns you love to make.
It’s that enticing-yet-elusive hook that often draws readers back to a writer’s work. Sometimes it’s characters that compel.