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Jennie Linden (born 8 December 1939) is an English film and television actress. She is best known for her starring role in Ken Russell's classic Women in Love (1969),[1] as well as her starring role in the cult film Nightmare (1964).

Jennie Linden
Born (1939-12-08) 8 December 1939 (age 79)
Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active1956–present
Spouse(s)Chris Mann
ChildrenRupert Mann
Parent(s)Marcus and Frieda Fletcher

Life and careerEdit

Linden was born in Worthing to Marcus and Freida Fletcher, respectively an architect and a housewife.[2] She attended the Central School of Speech and Drama at the age of 17 on a scholarship.[2] Her classmates included Julie Christie and Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave.[2]

Her earliest film appearances were as the heroine in Hammer's Nightmare (1964) and Barbara in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965). Her most widely known film role was as Ursula in Women in Love (1969), for which she received a BAFTA nomination;[2] a year later she appeared opposite Lee Remick and Ian Holm in the film version of Iris Murdoch's novel A Severed Head. Her subsequent film appearances include Vampira (1974), Valentino (1977) and Charlie Muffin (1979).

Wishing to raise her son in England, Linden decided not to pursue a career in Hollywood.[2] She was considered for The Lion in Winter (1968) and The Go-Between (1970); the latter was for the lead role of Lady Marian Trimingham, for which Julie Christie was later cast.[2] She turned down the role of Amy in Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs (1971).

Linden toured in Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hedda Gabler for two years playing Thea Elvsted, with Glenda Jackson in the title role; they later appeared together in the 1975 film adaptation.

Linden's television credits include The Avengers (episode: Lobster Quadrille, 1964), Sherlock Holmes (1965), The Saint (1966), The Persuaders! (episode: To the Death, Baby, 1970), The Rivals (1970), The Adventures of Black Beauty (episode: "Foul Play", 1973), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1976), Lillie (1978) as Patsy Cornwallis-West, Tales of the Unexpected (episode: "Pattern of Guilt", 1982), Lytton's Diary (1985), Chancer (1990), and Trainer (1991). She continues to do different roles and can be found on TV and stage. She is married to Chris Mann; they have a son, Rupert.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 401. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "I Never Wanted to Be a Woman In Love: As the BBC Updates a Classic Drama, Jennie Linden Reveals Why...", Daily Mail, 27 March 2011.

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