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Megs Jenkins
Born Muguette Mary Jenkins
April 21, 1917(1917-04-21)
Birkenhead, England
Died October 5, 1998 (aged 81)
Suffolk, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939-1990

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


Life and career

Jenkins was born in Birkenhead, the daughter of a construction engineer.[1] She originally trained to be a ballet dancer. Although born in England, she often played Welsh characters.

She made her film debut in 1943, and appeared in such classics as Green for Danger (1946), in which she turned out to be the twin sister of a Nazi collaborator, 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 1961 film The Innocents, and a 1974 TV 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.

Beginning in 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.[2]



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