Sally Thomsett Movies and Career Information
Apr 03, 1950
Sally Thomsett (born 3 April 1950 in Sussex, England) is a British actress. She is mainly remembered for starring in the 1970 film The Railway Children and for playing Jo in the TV sitcom, Man About The House (1973–1976). She also appeared in the 1971 movie Straw Dogs, where she played an attractive girl accidentally killed by the mentally handicapped character. In 1970 Thomsett was cast as the 11-year old Phyllis, despite the actress being 20 years old at the time - older than Jenny Agutter, who played her on-screen "older" sister Bobbie. Her contract forbade her to reveal her true age during the making of the film and was also not allowed to be seen smoking, drinking, driving her car, or in the company of her boyfriend during the shoot. (She did however make an appearance on BBC children's television shortly after, where the interviewer said "I wouldn't dream of asking a lady her age, but you're obviously quite a bit older than the part you played in the film".) After release, she received a BAFTA award nomination for Best Promising Newcomer. She is married to Paul Agnew, a landscape gardener, and they have one child.