Seagrove on set of Appointment with Death (1988)
|Born||Jennifer Ann Seagrove
4 July 1957
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
|Occupation||Actress, political activist|
|Spouse(s)||Madhav Sharma (m. 1984–88)|
|Partner(s)||Michael Winner (1989-1993)
Bill Kenwright (1994-present)
Jennifer Ann Seagrove (born 4 July 1957) 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. In 1988, she starred in Appointment with Death, and in William Friedkin's 1990 horror film The Guardian.
She is also 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.
Seagrove was born Jennifer Ann Seagrove in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia) in 1957, to British parents, Pauline and Derek Seagrove. Her father ran an import-export firm, which afforded the family a privileged lifestyle. When Seagrove was less than a year old, her mother suffered a stroke, and was unable to care for her. Seagrove attended St. Hillary's School in Godalming, Surrey, England, beginning at age nine.
After graduating, Seagrove began attending acting classes and training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, in spite of her parents' wishes for her to have a career as a professional cook. Seagrove developed bulimia in her early adulthood, but recovered: "I could feel myself tearing my stomach, and I kind of pulled out of it," she said. "It was a very slow process."
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.
In 1982 Seagrove starred alongside Rupert Everett in the Academy Award-winning short film A Shocking Accident, directed by James Scott. Her 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 an evil babysitter.
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 1992 she portrayed stage actress Lillie Langtry in a made-for-UK television adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, Incident at Victoria Falls.
In 1989 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 1997 Seagrove, along with Simon Cowell, presented Wildlife SOS, a documentary series about the work of dedicated animal lovers who save injured and orphaned wild animals brought into their sanctuary.
In 2010, she guest starred in Identity, in the episode "Somewhere They Can't Find Me".
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 £1,000. They also appeared together on a celebrity edition of the BBC's Pointless which aired on 3 January 2014. She resides in Little Venice, London.
|1980||Dead End||Short film|
|1982||The Woman in White||Laura Fairlie||Mini-series|
|1982||Crown Court||Margaret Anderson||Television series; 1 episode|
|1982||The Brack Report||Angela Brack||Television series; 10 episodes|
|1982||A Shocking Accident||Sally||Short film|
|1983||Nate and Hayes||Sophie|
|1984||Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense||Sara Helston||Television series; 1 episode|
|1985||A Woman of Substance||Young Emma Hart||Mini-series|
|1985||In Like Flynn||Terri McLane||Television film|
|1985||The Hitchhiker||Meg||Television series; 1 episode|
|1986||A Dangerous Kind of Love|
|1985||Hold the Dream||Paula Farley||Television film|
|1987||The Sign of Four||Miss Mary Morstan||Television film|
|1988||Appointment with Death||Dr. Sarah King|
|1989||Magic Moments||Melanie James||Television film|
|1988||A Chorus of Disapproval||Fay Hubbard|
|1989||The Betrothed||The Noble Lady in Monza||Mini-series|
|1990||Bullseye!||Health Club Receptionist and Girl with John Cleese|
|1991||Deadly Game||Lucy||Television film|
|1991||Some Other Spring||Helen||Television film|
|1992||Incident at Victoria Falls||Lillie Langtry||Television film|
|1992||Miss Beatty's Children||Jane Beatty|
|1999||Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Suzanne|
|2000||Casualty||Summer||Television series; 1 episode|
|2001||Peak Practice||Sister Frances||Television series; 1 episode|
|2001-07||Judge John Deed||Jo Mills||Television series; 29 episodes|
|2009||Lewis||Cecile Rattenbury||Television series; 1 episode|
|2010||Identity||Miriam Brolin||Television series; 1 episode|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Taxi passenger|
|2013||Endeavour||Nora Broom||Television series; 1 episode|
|2015||X Company||Television series; 1 episode|
|2016||Another Mother's Son||Louisa Gould|
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