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Sally Thomsett


Sally Thomsett

Sally Thomsett
Born (1950-04-03) 3 April 1950
Sussex, England
Years active 1964-76
Spouse(s) Paul Agnew

Sally Thomsett (born 3 April 1950) is an English actress who was born in Sussex, England. She is best known for featuring in the film The Railway Children (1970), and for playing Jo in the TV sitcom, Man About the House (1973–76). She also appeared in the film, Straw Dogs (1971), where she played a young girl accidentally killed by the mentally handicapped character.


  • The Railway Children 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

The Railway Children

In 1970, Thomsett was cast as the 11-year-old Phyllis, despite the actress being 20 years old at the time, three years older than Jenny Agutter, who played her older sister, Bobbie. Her contract forbade her to reveal her true age during the making of the film, and she was not allowed to be seen smoking, drinking, driving her car, or in the company of her boyfriend during the shoot.[1][2] She did have experience of playing girls, and the Edwardian smocks disguised her bust. Even the film crew were unaware of her age, and they gave her sweets while treating Agutter as nearly an adult.[3] She did, however, make an appearance on BBC children's television shortly after, where the interviewer said, "I wouldn't dream of asking a lady her age, but you're obviously quite a bit older than the part you played in the film". She received a nomination for the BAFTA Film Award for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.

Personal life

For three years, in the 1970s, Thomsett dated fellow actor Richard O'Sullivan, at the time her co-star in Man About The House.[4] She is married to Paul Agnew, a landscape gardener; they have one child, Charlotte Agnew.[5]



  1. ^ The 100 Greatest Family Films, Granada Television (2005)
  2. ^ Article on the film, The Guardian, 22 March 2010
  3. ^ "How we made The Railway Children", The Guardian, G2 page 19, 7 May 2013
  4. ^ Lorraine Fisher (2009-01-10). "As he grows worryingly frail, Richard O'Sullivan's former co-star and lover says... I still love my Man About The House". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  5. ^ Dunbar, Polly (2008-01-26). "Seventies sweetheart Sally Thomsett is a mum about the house at 57".  

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