Jenny Seagrove (2009)
4 July 1957 |
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Occupation||actress, political activist|
|Partner(s)||Madhav Sharma (m. 1984-1988)
Michael Winner (1989-1993)
Bill Kenwright (1994-present)
Jennifer Ann Seagrove (born 4 July 1957 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia)) is an English actress. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and rose to fame playing the lead in a TV dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance and the 1983 film Local Hero. She is now well known in the character of Jo Mills in the long-running BBC drama series Judge John Deed (2001–07). Her credits as a voiceover artist include a series of Waitrose television advertisements.
Jenny Seagrove's theatre work includes the title role in Jane Eyre at Chichester Festival Theatre (1986); Ilona in The Guardsman at Theatr Clwyd (1992); and Bett in King Lear in New York, again at Chichester (1992).
She played opposite Tom Conti in Present Laughter at the Globe Theatre (1993); Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the Comedy Theatre (1994); Dead Guilty with Hayley Mills at the Apollo Theatre (1995); Hurlyburly for the Peter Hall Company when the production transferred from the Old Vic to the Queen's Theatre (1997); co-starred with Martin Shaw in the Parisian thriller Vertigo (Theatre Royal Windsor October 1998) and then with Anthony Andrews (also Windsor,1998).
In 2000 she appeared in Brief Encounter at the Lyric Theatre; followed by Neil Simon's The Female Odd Couple at the Apollo (2001). Again at the Lyric Theatre in 2002 she played the title role in Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife, followed by a revival of David Hare's The Secret Rapture in 2003, and The Night of the Iguana two years later in 2005.
Seagrove's first major international film appearance was in the 1983 release, Local Hero in which she played a mysterious environmentalist with webbed feet. Roles in a number of films including Nate and Hayes opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Appointment with Death followed. One of her lead starring roles was in 1990s The Guardian directed by the cult director William Friedkin, in which she played a villain.
Seagrove first came to mass public attention in the 10-episode series of the BBC production Diana (adapted from an R. F. Delderfield novel) in which she played the title role as the adult Diana Gaylord-Sutton (the child having been played in the first two episodes by Patsy Kensit). Seagrove starred in two American-produced television miniseries based upon the first novels of Barbara Taylor Bradford: as Emma Harte in A Woman of Substance (1984) and Paula Fairley in Hold the Dream (1986). In 1991, she portrayed stage actress Lillie Langtry in a made-for-UK television adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, Incident at Victoria Falls.
In 1985 she starred as the female lead, Melanie James, in the film Magic Moments, together with John Shea, who played the magician Troy Gardner with whom she falls in love.
In 2010, she guest starred in Identity, in the episode Somewhere They Can't Find Me.
Personal life 
Her partner since 1994 is the theatrical producer Bill Kenwright, chairman of Everton F.C.. The pair appeared together as contestants on a charity edition of ITV1's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, winning £1000. They live in Suffolk.
Selected filmography 
- A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)
- Appointment with Death (1988)
- Local Hero (1983)
- Nate and Hayes (1983)
- Moonlighting (1982)
- "The Letter". The Stage. 3 May 2007.
- "Absurd Person Singular". The Stage Reviews.
- "Jenny Seagrove: a veggie of substance". Viva.org. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
- Thomas, Phil (10 March 2012). "David Moyes: Jenny Seagrove got me the Everton boss job". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Michael Winner (October 23, 2007). "The Fat Pig Diet: Michael Winner's guide to getting thin". Mail Online.