JENNIE GOOSSENS

Actor

Jennie Goossens trained at the Central School and in 1958, after a spell in repertory joined the Old Vic Company for a tour of the USA, Canada and Europe. She remained with the company in London playing, amongst other parts, Hippolyta in The Dream’, Lady Mortimer in Henry IV Pt I, and Cornelia in The White Devil. Other West End appearances were in Butley opposite Alec McCowen, Whose Life is it Anyway, opposite Tom Conti, and a season of Shakespeare (Viola and Portia) at the Comedy Theatre. Joined the RSC in 1982 for two years, returning to the States for the Olympic Arts Festival in California playing Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac with Derek Jacobi. At The Man in the Moon theatre she played the title role in The House of Bernada Alba and in 1999 went to Vienna’s English Theatre in Pygmalion playing Mrs Eynsford-Hill. Back home, a two-hander Dot Com for Trinity Arts. Television appearances include BD Girl in Z Cars, the Nurse in The Secret Garden Aveline’s mother-in-law in Bread and the Judge (who sent Arthur to prison) in Eastenders. Also, Grange Hill, Just William, Family Affairs, Down to Earth, The Robinsons, the Omid Djalili Show (twice) and Extras with Ricky Gervais. Film include The Pumpkin Eater, The Outlaw and the Italian film South Kensington with Elle Macpherson and Rupert Everett. Radio work has included several plays and reading four books for Woman’s Hour. Also the Narrator in a concert performance of Peter and the Wolf.

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