Jennie won a Scholarship at 16 years of age to the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, where she studied and gained a teaching degree in Drama. Her early experience as an actress included work with Ian McKellen’s Company at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and the Bristol Old Vic. While performing in “The Cherry Orchard”, she was invited to appear in the West End Comedy “Never Too Late” with Fred Clark, Joan Bennett and Evelyn Laye.
With her name in lights and successful reviews, she went on to star in many West End plays. Amongst those she treasures are “Thark” a Ben Travers farce, with Alec McCowan, “On Approval”, with Geraldine McEwan, “My Fat Friend” with Kenneth Williams and “Hedda Gabler” with Glenda Jackson. She completed a world tour of “Hedda Gabbler”, and made a film in which Jennie was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in her role as Mrs Elvstead.
Jennie has starred in a great deal of television and film work spanning four decades, including popular series such as “The Saint”, “The Avengers”, “Black Beauty”, “Lytton’s Diary”, “Lillie”, and “Tales of the Unexpected”. More recently she is remembered for parts in “The Practice”, “Lovejoy”, “Chancer” and “Trainer”.
In the film “Women in Love”, by D.H. Lawrence, also starring Alan Bates and Glenda Jackson, she was nominated for two Academy Awards. Jennie also appeared in the film “Dr. Who & The Daleks”, which went on to become one of the highest grossing films of that year and continues to prove very popular with a release in 2013 of digitally restored version on Blu-ray. She has worked with, and figured among, some of the great personalities in the acting world.
Jennie continues to perform with her own concert with piano accompaniment, “Sounds Entertaining” has enjoyed considerable success. As well as poetry readings containing unusual pieces such as the spoken version of the musical “Cats”, early medieval ballads (sung and spoken) and humorous pieces by Virginia Graham, the writer and witty friend of Joyce Grenfell.