A visit from eminent actors

It was something of a pilgrimage for sisters Kika and Petra Markham when they came to visit Rydal Mount.

Kika was even clutching a biography of Dorothy Wordsworth, and both were enchanted to see the house and the gardens.

Kika Markham is the widow of Corin Redgrave, and last visited the Lakes before he died eight years ago. An actor herself, in a family of famous actors, Kika had just finished a run at London’s Arcola Theatre in the play, Not Talking.

She has appeared in many TV series including Holby City, Doctors, Mr Selfridge and Call the Midwife. She starred in the Ken Russell film Clouds of Glory , about the lives and loves of Coleridge and Wordsworth, which was filmed in the Lakes.

Her sister Petra Markham appeared in films including Get Carter and also in many TV series including Eastenders, Dr Who, The Bill and Bergerac. She was also in the very first episode of Z Cars.

They went on to visit Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere. Kika said: “This is a wonderful experience for us. We both love Wordsworth and his poetry, and have never been to Rydal Mount before. His spirit is so clearly all around us here.”

the markham sisters at Rydal Mount

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