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Her first screen role was as the ghost of Miss Jessel in The Innocents (1961), based on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. She appeared only in long shot. Francis had been cinematographer for The Innocents; he later directed Jessop in two minor horror roles for Hammer and Amicus, respectively: Nightmare (1964) and Torture Garden (1967).
In 1986, she wrote, directed and produced the film Emma's War, starring Lee Remick.
She also owned and ran the Clytie Jessop Gallery in London.
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