Megs Jenkins

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Megs Jenkins
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Born Muguette Mary Jenkins
(1917-04-21)21 April 1917
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Died 5 October 1998(1998-10-05) (aged 81)
Suffolk, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939-1990
Spouse(s) George Routledge (1943-1959) (divorced)

Muguette Mary "Megs" Jenkins (21 April 1917 – 5 October 1998) was an English character actress who appeared in British films and television programmes.

Life and career[edit]

Jenkins was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the daughter of a construction engineer.[1] She originally trained to be a ballet dancer. Although born in England, she often played Welsh characters.

She made her first noticeable film debut in 1943 in Millions Like Us as the Welsh room-mate and confidante of the main character (played by Patricia Roc). She appeared in such classics as Green for Danger (1946), The History of Mr. Polly (1949), The Cruel Sea (1953), and Oliver! (1968). She played the housekeeper Mrs Grose in two adaptations of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw: the 1961 film The Innocents, and a 1974 TV adaptation. She frequently played comic roles, and in later life was a regular in the sitcom, Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!, and the children's series, Worzel Gummidge.

Beginning in 1933, Jenkins also had a long stage career, and appeared in several plays by Emlyn Williams. In 1956 she won the Clarence Derwent Award for best supporting performance in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.[2]



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