Sally Thomsett

Sally Thomsett (born 3 April 1950) is an English actress who was born in Sussex, England. She appeared in the film The Railway Children (1970) and played Jo in the TV sitcom Man About the House (1973–76). She also appeared in the film Straw Dogs (1971).

Sally Thomsett
Born (1950-04-03) 3 April 1950
Sussex, UK
Years active1964–1978
Spouse(s)Keith Boyson 1980-?
Paul Agnew ?-present (1 child)

The Railway Children

In 1970, Thomsett was cast as the 11-year-old Phyllis, despite the actress being 20 years old at the time, three years older than Jenny Agutter, who played her elder sister, Bobbie. Her contract forbade her to reveal her true age during the making of the film, and she was not allowed to be seen smoking, drinking, driving her car, or in the company of her boyfriend during the shoot.[1][2] She did have experience of playing girls, and the Edwardian smocks disguised her bust. Even the film crew were unaware of her age, and they gave her sweets while treating Agutter as nearly an adult.[3] 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". She received a nomination for the BAFTA Film Award for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.



Year Title Role Notes
1964 Seventy Deadly Pills Gerty
1967 Danny the Dragon Jean
1970 The Railway Children Phyllis Waterbury
1971 Straw Dogs Janice Hedden
1973 Baxter! Nemo Newman
1974 Man About the House Jo


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Dead End Creek Jane TV series
1965 Theatre 625 Parsons' girl "The World of George Orwell: 1984"
1966 David Copperfield Agnes Wickfield "Distant Relations"
1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre Christine "Don't Go Down to the Bingo Mother, Father's Coming to Tea"
1967 River Rivals Penny Holmes TV series
1967 Sanctuary Maria Gomes "The Promised Land"
1967–68 The Very Merry Widow Jennifer Villiers TV series
1968 What Maisie Knew Maisie "Shuttlecock", "Flight", "Pursuit and Capture"
1968 For Amusement Only Letty "A Little Milk of Human Kindness"
1969 The Very Merry Widow and How Jennifer Villiers "How Far Can You Go?", "How About the Patter of Tiny Feet?"
1969 The Gold Robbers Sally Hartford TV miniseries
1969 Nearest and Dearest Brenda "The Birds and the Bees"
1969 Dixon of Dock Green Karen "Notify If Found"
1969–70 Take Three Girls Wendy Pond "Devon Violets", "Roses Round the Door"
1970 Wicked Woman Natalie "Madeleine Jury"
1970 Z-Cars Rita "Bottoms Up for the Walking Dead: Parts 1 & 2"
1970 Softly Softly: Task Force Susan "Lessons"
1970 Play of the Month Pamela Harrington "Five Finger Exercise"
1971 Doomwatch Judy Franklin "By the Pricking of My Thumbs..."
1971 The Fenn Street Gang Kathleen "Horses for the Courses"
1971 Shirley's World Catronia MacDonald "The Islanders"
1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Linda Nichols "When the Wheel Turns"
1973 Comedy Playhouse Miranda Elms "Marry the Girls"
1973 Oh, Father! Mary "Just Impediment"
1973 All Star Comedy Carnival Jo TV film
1973–1976 Man About the House Jo Main role
1978 Wodehouse Playhouse Celia Todd "Tangled Hearts"


  1. The 100 Greatest Family Films, Granada Television (2005)
  2. Article on the film, The Guardian, 22 March 2010
  3. "How we made The Railway Children", The Guardian, G2 page 19, 7 May 2013
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