Watch: Sheridan Smith pays tribute to ‘screen royalty’ Jenny Agutter
What The return of the railway children hits theaters this Friday, actor Sheridan Smith has revealed a moment on set that was ‘like royalty arriving’ – and she’s sure he took a bow.
The movie, the sequel to the much-loved 1970. The railway childrenstarring Smith as the local warden who gives a home to three children evacuated during World War II.
Jenny Agutter plays her mother, who reprises her role as Bobbie from the original, and is described by her co-star as “like royalty.”
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Smith described working alongside one of the best-known faces on British screens as “phenomenal” and recalled the day he first arrived to film his scenes.
“We had been filming for quite some time and it was getting ready for Jenny to walk onto the set,” Smith told Yahoo.
“We were all very excited and nervous. When Jenny walked onto the set towards the end of the shoot, it was like royalty! Everyone went to town. I think I moved a bit! It was impressive and simply an honour.”
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Agutter admits she wasn’t nervous that day, but “she felt embraced by a lovely family, which was great.”
However, it was an emotional experience to return to the set more than 50 years since the original film was released.
“For anyone who has been somewhere in life that means something to them and then they go back to it, you have the feeling that there is no time in between and yet you have a whole world in between and that is what that fills you with emotion.
“The world is different, your life is different, but you see it as if nothing had happened. It was beautiful because coming back to it and coming back to this lovely group of people and actors, these wonderful children and there was a beautiful story to tell as well. It was a pleasure to do it.”
Watch a trailer for The return of the railway children
The railway children it was one of his first film roles in a career that included the role of Nicolas Roeg walk (1971) and John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981). In recent years, she has gained new fans as Sister Julienne on BBC One’s. call the midwifewhich will return to our screens at the end of the year with a Christmas special.
For Smith, the film is one of his rare appearances on the movie screen. An established artist on both stage and television, most recently on Teacher Y No return – his voice appears in queen corgi (2019).
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The return of the railway children joins Agutter and Smith with a cast that includes Tom Courtenay, John Bradley, Beau Gadson, Austin Haynes and KJ Aikens.
Set in the Yorkshire countryside during World War II, it follows the adventures of three young Salford evacuees who stay in a village with director Smith and discover a fugitive soldier hiding in the train yard. Discovering that he has been falsely accused of cowardice, they set out to set things right and help him find his way home.
The original version of The railway children it was released in 1970. Based on E Nesbit’s 1905 children’s classic, it was the directorial debut of actor Lionel Jeffries. Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan, Sally Tomsett, Ian Cuthbertson and William Mervyn starred.
The return of the railway children opens in theaters on July 15. Check out a clip below.