Sheridan Smith pays tribute to 'phenomenal' Jenny Agutter

As The Railway Children Returns arrives in cinemas actor Sheridan Smith has revealed an on-set moment that was 'like royalty arriving' – and she’s sure she curtsied.

The film, the sequel to 1970’s much-loved The Railway Children, stars Smith as the local head teacher who gives a home to three evacuee children during World War II. Playing her mother is Jenny Agutter, who reprises her role of Bobbie from the original.

The Railway Children Return is in UK cinemas from 15 July.

Video transcript

FREDA COOPER: How does it feel for you, Sheridan, to have a really familiar face in British acting and perhaps one of the most well-loved characters as your mom on screen?

SHERIDAN SMITH: Absolutely phenomenal. When Jenny walked on set towards the end of the shoot-- because we'd been filming a little while, and it was building up to Jenny coming to set, and we were all so excited and nervous-- and it was like royalty arriving. Everyone turned out in the village as well.

JENNY AGUTTER: I wish I had known. I'd have asked everybody to curtsy.


SHERIDAN SMITH: It was good. It was good. I think I bobbed a bit when I saw you. I did.

But it really was. It was breathtaking and just an honor. So really, it was special.

JENNY AGUTTER: Fortunately, I didn't feel that at all. I just felt embraced in a lovely family, which is great.

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