- The daughter of a British army officer who later joined Combined Services Entertainment, which produced entertainment shows for the troops. As a result, she visited and/or lived in Germany, Singapore and Cyprus as a child.
- Fell in love with ballet as a little girl and, though she knew she wouldn't make it a career, continued taking classes into her 20s.
- Attended boarding school from age 8 to 16. Among her classmates: fellow future actor Victoria Tennant.
- Starred in one of Britain's perennial favorite family films: The Railway Children (1970), an adaptation of the E. Nesbit children's book.