From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jenny Runacre (born 18 August 1946) is an actress. Runacre was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She relocated to London as a child, attended The Actors Workshop there, and trained in the Stanislavski System. While attending the Actors Workshop, Runacre was approached by fellow student (and future agent) Tom Busby, who was working as a runner for an American film production that was seeking fledgling English actresses to play opposite John Cassavetes in Husbands, a movie to be shot the following year in London. The young actress auditioned with Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk, and was told six weeks later that she was being offered the part of Mary Tynan in the movie. Runacre accepted the offer and Husbands became her first important film role. Runacre then joined the original London cast of Oh! Calcutta!. Runacre left the cast after a year and starred in such films as Pier Paolo Pasolinis The Canterbury Tales, John Hustons The Mackintosh Man, Robert Fuests The Final Programme, Michelangelo Antonionis The Passenger, and Derek Jarmans Jubilee (in which she starred as Elizabeth I and Bod). She was active in the theatre as well as on British television, including a part in the noted series Brideshead Revisited, playing Brenda Champion. Runacre focused on higher education in the 1990s.