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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1939-1990

Name  Megs Jenkins
Role  Character actress
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Full Name  Muguette Mary Jenkins
Born  21 April 1917 (age 81) (1917-04-21) Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Spouse  George Routledge (m. 1943–1959)
TV shows  Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!, The Befrienders, Weavers Green, Nathaniel Titlark, The Newcomers, The Old Curiosity Shop
Movies  The Innocents, Murder Most Foul, Green for Danger, Indiscreet, Oliver!
Similar People  Jack Clayton, Sidney Gilliat, David Kossoff, George Pollock, Phyllis Calvert
Died  5 October 1998 (aged 81) Suffolk, England


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


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Eerie clips and other moments from The Innocents (1961)

Life and career

Jenkins was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the daughter of a construction engineer. 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 Millions Like Us (1943) 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 film The Innocents (1961), and a 1974 television 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.

From 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.


  • Jenny Meade (1951, TV film)
  • Dark Summer (1951, TV film)
  • David Copperfield (1969, TV film)
  • The Befrienders (1970, TV film) - Janet
  • The Turn of the Screw (1974, TV film) - Mrs. Grose
  • Young at Heart (1980–1982, TV sitcom) - Ethel Collyer
  • A Woman of Substance (1985 TV film) - Mrs. Turner
  • References

    Megs Jenkins Wikipedia