Jenny Agutter said she couldn’t think of “anything better than coming out” of her role in Call The Midwife to beating Robert Redford onscreen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The 70-year-old actress reprized her role from The Avengers to star in the Marvel superhero movie.
She and Redford, 86, are members of the fictional World Security Council, which oversees SHIELD, in the 2014 sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.
Agutter is seen attacking the Hollywood actor during a scene in the film, until it is revealed to be Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, in virtual costume.
She told Good Housekeeping UK: “When I was asked to do the Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I couldn’t think of anything better than to walk out of Call The Midwife to work with a stunt team and beat up Robert Redford. .
“Though it’s true they wouldn’t let me punch him. They were worried that he would actually hit it, rather than miss it.”
The actress, who has played Sister Julienne since 2012’s Call The Midwife, said she thought the show would end in six episodes.
She added: “I was sitting on a bus once when the woman next to me said, ‘I didn’t want to upset you, but I have to tell you, I watch Call The Midwife and I’m particularly interested because she was a nun for seven years.
“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been a nun longer than she has.'”
Agutter, who rose to fame in the 1970 film The Railway Children as a teenager and recently reprized his role in The Railway Children Return in 2022, also said he previously felt a little “guilty” for “spending too much time away” from his family. and children during his career.
He also said: “When my father was dying, it was very different from when I lost my mother many years before.
“I was much less concerned with making plans and more focused on being with him, and that was a very good thing.
“Now, it’s about flipping the switch from time to time. I’ll say, ‘OK, you can’t fully plan this out.’ Just do what you have to do.’”
Read the full interview with Jenny Agutter in the February 2023 issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale December 29.
Call The Midwife returns to BBC One on New Year’s Day at 8pm