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Jenny Seagrove

Jenny Seagrove
Jenny Seagrove (2009)
Born (1957-07-04) 4 July 1957
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
Occupation actress, political activist
Partner(s) Madhav Sharma (m. 1984-1988)
Michael Winner (1989-1993)
Bill Kenwright (1994-present)

Jennifer Ann "Jenny" 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. 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.


  • Theatre 1
  • Film 2
  • Television 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.

Coming to the West End from a UK tour, she played Leslie Crosbie in Maugham's The Letter at Wyndham's Theatre (2007), again co-starring with Anthony Andrews.[1]

In December 2007, she played Marion Brewster-Wright in the Garrick Theatre revival of Alan Ayckbourn's dark, three-act comedy Absurd Person Singular.[2]

In early 2014 she appeared as Julia in a revival of Noël Coward's Fallen Angels. The production was produced by her husband Bill Kenwright and also starred Sara Crowe.[3]


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 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.[4]

Most of Seagrove's filmed work since 1990 has been for television. Between 2001 and 2007, she appeared as QC Jo Mills in the series Judge John Deed.

In 1987 she and John Thaw guest starred in the episode "The Sign of Four" of the series Sherlock Holmes.

In 2009 she guest starred in the episode The Point of Vanishing of the series Lewis.

In 2010, she guest starred in Identity, in the episode "Somewhere They Can't Find Me".

Personal life

Seagrove was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. She is an animal rights activist and an advocate for deregulation of the herbal remedy industry in the United Kingdom, and promotes a vegetarian diet.[5]

Her partner since 1994 is the theatrical producer Bill Kenwright, chairman of Everton F.C..[6] 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.[7] They made it to the final, but did not get a pointless answer. They live in Suffolk.

Seagrove was previously married to British and Indian actor Madhav Sharma from 1984 to 1988 and then dated film director Michael Winner until 1993.[8][9][10]



  1. ^ "The Letter". The Stage. 3 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Absurd Person Singular". The Stage Reviews. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  3. ^ Smurthwaite, Nick (24 January 2014). "The Stage / Reviews / Fallen Angels". The Stage. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Jenny Seagrove: a veggie of substance". Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Phil (10 March 2012). "David Moyes: Jenny Seagrove got me the Everton boss job". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Mainwaring, Rachel (14 December 2013). "Connie Fisher hosts A Night At The Musicals". Western Mail. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ 21 Jan 2013 (21 January 2013). "Michael Winner". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Film director Michael Winner: Life in pictures". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). 21 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Michael Winner (October 23, 2007). "The Fat Pig Diet: Michael Winner's guide to getting thin". London: Mail Online. 

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