July 4: Jenny Seagrove is 60

07-04-1957-Jenny_SeagroveJenny Seagrove, born Jennifer Ann Seagrove is an English actress. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and first came to attention playing the lead in a television dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance (1984) (pictured).

After leaving school, Seagrove began attending acting classes and trained 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.”

Seagrove starred alongside Rupert Everett in the Academy Award-winning short film A Shocking Accident (1982), directed by James Scott. Her first major film appearance was in Local Hero (1983) in which she played a mysterious environmentalist with webbed feet. Roles in a number of films including Nate and Hayes (aka, Savage Islands, 1983) opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Appointment with Death (1988) followed. One of her lead starring roles was in The Guardian (1990) directed by William Friedkin, in which she played an evil babysitter.

Seagrove is an animal rights activist and an advocate for deregulation of the herbal remedy industry in the United Kingdom, and promotes a vegetarian diet. Her partner since 1994 is the theatrical producer Bill Kenwright, chairman of Everton F.C. She was previously married to British and Indian actor Madhav Sharma from 1984 to 1988 and then dated film director Michael Winner until 1993.

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