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Jenny Seagrove

Jenny Seagrove

Jenny's career has spanned theatre, film and television. Her credits include Local Hero, A Woman of Substance, and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Jenny's now best known for playing Jo Mills in Judge John Deed.

What's she been in?

Jenny first found fame in 1983, with the film Local Hero, and the TV mini-series A Woman of Substance, which achieved Channel 4's highest ever viewing figures of 13.8 million. A year earlier she had made her movie debut in Jerzy Skolimowski's Moonlighting.

Her other movie roles include Appointment With Death, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Miss Beatty's Children, and Don't Go Breaking My Heart with ER's Anthony Edwards.

After a 15 year break from regular television work, Jenny landed the part of Jo Mills in the pilot episode of Judge John Deed, broadcast in January 2001. She's now a regular in the series.

On TV she's also appeared in Hold The Dream, a follow-up to A Woman Of Substance guested in programmes such as The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, and Peak Practice.

Jenny Seagrove as Jo Mills

As well as TV and film, Jenny's an accomplished stage actress, whose recent credits include Brief Encounter with Judge John Deed co-star Christopher Cazenove, The Constant Wife, and a female twist on The Odd Couple, with Paula Wilcox.

Did you know?

Now playing a TV barrister, Jenny once fell foul of the law herself. She was caught for speeding and lost her licence for the month. Jenny told the Mail on Sunday, "I was speeding because I was desperate to deliver a curry to my mother before it went cold."

Her life and career were celebrated in a March 2002 edition of This Is Your Life.

Jenny developed anorexia in her late teens, but successfully conquered the eating disorder. "The spectre of it is always there but I've got it under control," she revealed in an interview with The Express newspaper. "I eat sensibly and eat organic food but that's because I'm appalled by what is done to the environment."

Jenny Seagrove in Casualty

Jenny's a vegetarian and an animal rights campaigner. She played an eco-warrior in the Casualty episode, Sympathy For The Devil, broadcast in October 2000.

She's a huge fan of Everton Football Club.

Personal Details

Jenny was born in Malaysia in July 1958.

She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in London.

Jenny lives with theatre impresario and Everton F.C. director Bill Kenwright in North London.

Her first marriage to Indian actor Madhav Sharma ended in divorce. She was also involved in a long-term relationship with film director Michael Winner.

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