David Markham

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David Markham
Born Peter Basil Harrison
(1913-04-03)3 April 1913
Wick, Worcestershire, England
Died 15 December 1983(1983-12-15) (aged 70)
Hartfield, East Sussex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938-1983
Spouse(s) Olive Dehn (m. 1937–83) (his death)
Children Sonia, Kika, Petra, Jehane

David Markham (3 April 1913 – 15 December 1983) was an English stage and film actor for over forty years.

Markham was born Peter Basil Harrison in Wick, Worcestershire and died in Hartfield, East Sussex.[citation needed]

He was married to Olive Dehn (1914–2007), a BBC Radio dramatist, from 1937 until his death. They had four children together. Their daughters are Sonia (illustrator), Kika (born 1940, actress, widow of actor Corin Redgrave), Petra (born 1947, actress), and Jehane (married to actor Roger Lloyd-Pack).[1]

In the Second World War, he was a conscientious objector.[2]

David Markham appeared occasionally in cinema and often on television. He appeared in Carol Reed's film The Stars Look Down (1939) and in François Truffaut's films Jules and Jim (1972), in which he plays a fortuneteller with his daughter Kika, and Day for Night (1973). He twice played the father of Robin Phillips in two films, Two Gentlemen Sharing in 1969, and again in Tales From The Crypt in 1972.

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  1. ^ Nicholas Tucker, "Obituary. Olive Dehn: Poet and children's writer", The Independent, 7 April 2007
  2. ^ Jonathan Croall: Don't You Know There's a War On?, 1988

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