Corin William Redgrave
16 July 1939
|Died||6 April 2010 (aged 70)|
|Resting place||Highgate Cemetery|
|Alma mater||King's College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Actor, political activist|
(m. 1962; div. 1975)
(m. 1985; his death 2010)
|Children||4, including Jemma Redgrave|
Redgrave was born on 16 July 1939 in Marylebone, London, the only son and middle child of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. He was educated at Westminster School and King's College, Cambridge.
Redgrave played a wide range of character roles on film, television and stage.
On stage, he was noted for performances by Shakespeare (such as Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part 1, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest) and Noël Coward (a highly successful revival of A Song At Twilight co-starring his sister Vanessa Redgrave and his second wife, Kika Markham).
For his role as the prison warden Boss Whalen in the Royal National Theatre production of Tennessee Williams's Not About Nightingales, Redgrave was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, and after a successful transfer of the production to New York, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, in 1999. Two years later he starred in the original London production of The General from America as Benedict Arnold. When the play transferred to Broadway the following season Redgrave switched roles and portrayed George Washington .
In 2005, Redgrave had just finished an engagement playing the lead in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London when he suffered a severe heart attack. In 2008, he returned to the stage in a highly praised portrayal of Oscar Wilde in the one-man-play De Profundis. In 2009, he starred in Trumbo, which opened only hours after the death of his niece, Natasha Richardson.
On screen he is best known for his roles in such acclaimed and diverse films as A Man for All Seasons (1966) as Thomas More's son-in-law, William Roper; Excalibur (1981) as the doomed Cornwall; In the Name of the Father (1993) as the corrupt lead police investigator; Persuasion (1994) as the foolish Sir Walter Eliot; and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) as Hamish, the fiancée of Andie MacDowell's character.
Redgrave appeared in British television programmes such as Ultraviolet, The Vice, Trial & Retribution, Shameless, Foyle's War, The Relief of Belsen, The Ice House and the Emmy Award-winning telefilm The Girl in the Cafe, in which he played the prime minister. He took the lead part of Sir George Grey in the New Zealand TV miniseries The Governor (1977).
He wrote a play called Blunt Speaking, in which he performed at the Minerva Theatre (a second stage of the Chichester Festival Theatre) between 23 July - 10 August 2002. (review The Mail on Sunday, 28 July 2002)
Redgrave was a lifelong activist in far-left politics. With his elder sister Vanessa, he was a prominent member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party. Later, after the collapse of the WRP, he was involved with the Marxist Party, which the two siblings founded.
Both Redgrave and his second wife, Kika Markham, expressed support for activist group Viva Palestina, led by British MP George Galloway, attempting to break the siege of the Gaza Strip. He was also a defender of the interests of the Romani people.
Corin Redgrave was part of the third generation of a theatrical dynasty spanning four generations. His parents were Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson; Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave were his sisters. His first marriage was to Deirdre Deline Hamilton-Hill (1939–1981). They had a daughter, actress Jemma Redgrave, and a son, Luke, a camera operator and production assistant. Redgrave and Hamilton-Hill divorced in 1975. Redgrave and Kika Markham married in 1985 in Wandsworth, London, and remained together until Redgrave's death. The couple had two sons, Harvey (born 1979) and Arden (born 1983).
He wrote a memoir about his strained relationship with his father entitled Michael Redgrave - My Father, which incorporates passages from Michael's diaries. It also revealed his father's bisexuality.
Health problems and death
Redgrave was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, which continued to affect him until he died in 2010. In June 2005, he was described by his family as being in a critical but stable condition in hospital following a severe heart attack at a public meeting in Basildon, Essex. In March 2009, Redgrave returned to the London stage playing the title role in Trumbo, based on the life of the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. On the opening night, Redgrave dedicated his performance to the memory of his niece Natasha Richardson who had died earlier that week in a skiing accident.
He died on 6 April 2010 in St George's Hospital, Tooting, South West London. His funeral was held on 12 April 2010 at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London, and he was interred at Highgate Cemetery.
His ex-wife Deirdre died of cancer in 1997. His sister Lynn Redgrave died of breast cancer on 2 May 2010, less than a month after her brother. Kika Markham's memoir of her husband, Our Time of Day: My Life with Corin Redgrave, was published in 2014.
Select stage work
- Henry IV Part I
- Anthony and Cleopatra
- The Seagull
- Not About Nightingales
- A Song at Twilight
- The General From America
- De Profundis
|1964||Camera Three||Pilot Officer||TV series (1 episode: "Chips with Everything")|
|The Avengers||Quentin Slim||TV series (1 episode: "Lobster Quadrille")|
|Crooks in Cloisters||Brother Lucius|
|1965||A Study in Terror||Rupert's Friend||Uncredited|
|The Big Spender||Copley||TV series|
|1966||The Deadly Affair||David|
|A Man For All Seasons||Roper|
|1968||The Gambler||Mr. Astley||TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")|
|The Charge of the Light Brigade||Cpt. Featherstonhaugh|
|Theatre 625||Kelvin Walker||TV series (1 episode: "The Fall of Kelvin Walker")|
|The Girl with the Pistol||Frank Hogan|
|Mystery and Imagination||Jonathan Harker||TV series (1 episode: "Dracula")|
|The Magus||Captain Wimmel|
|1969||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Arthur Huntingdon||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Oh! What a Lovely War||Bertie Smith|
|Tower of London: The Innocent||Perkin Warbeck||TV film|
|Canterbury Tales||Nicholas||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.2")|
|ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Willie Tatham||TV series (1 episode: "Aren't We All?")|
|1970||David Copperfield||James Steerforth||TV film|
|The Wednesday Play||Richard||TV series (1 episode: "Rest in Peace, Uncle Fred")|
|Callan||Amos Green||TV series (1 episode: "Amos Green Must Live")|
|Paul Temple||Rolf||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1971||When Eight Bells Toll||Hunslett|
|Von Richthofen and Brown||Major Lanoe Hawker VC|
|1972||Thick as Thieves||Trevor||TV film|
|1974||Anthony and Cleopatra||Octavius|
|Between Wars||Dr. Edward Trenbow|
|1976||The Governor||Governor George Grey||New Zealand mini-series|
|1982||L'ombre sur la plage||Harry|
|Wagner||Dr. Pusinelli||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")|
|1990||The Fool||Sir Thomas Neathouse|
|1993||In The Name of The Father||Robert Dixon|
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Hamish - Wedding Two|
|1995||Persuasion||Sir Walter Eliot|
|Performance||Angelo / Earl of Worcestor||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Dangerfield||Patrick Hooper||TV series (1 episode: "The Unfaithful Husband")|
|Circles of Deceit: Dark Secret||Harry Summers||TV film|
|England, My England||William of Orange|
|1996||Indecent Acts||Oscar Wilde|
|1997||The Woman in White||Dr. Kitson||TV film|
|The Ice House||D.C.I. George Walsh||TV film|
|Trial & Retribution||Robert Rylands QC||TV series (5 episodes: 1997-2002)|
|The Opium War||William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne|
|1998||Ultraviolet||Dr. Paul Hoyle / John Doe||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1999||The Vice||Lord Buller||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Kavanagh QC||John Woodley||TV series (1 episode: "The More Loving One")|
|The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin||Judge|
|Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story||Narrator|
|2002||Shackleton||Lord Curzon||TV film|
|Sunday||Edward Heath||TV film|
|Bertie and Elizabeth||General Montgomery||TV film|
|The Forsyte Saga||Jolyon Forsyte Sr.||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|Close Your Eyes||Chief Inspector Clements|
|Waking the Dead||Sir James Beatty||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2003||To Kill a King||Baron Vere|
|Imagine||Sir John Soane||TV series (1 episode: "Entertaining Mr. Soane")|
|Foyle's War||ACC Rose||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2004||Shameless||Mr. Hammersley||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.5")|
|Spooks||David Swift||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 3.4")|
|2005||The Trial of the King Killers||Sir Orlando Bridgman|
|The Girl in the Cafe||Prime Minister||TV film|
|2006||Welcome to World War One||short|
|2007||The Relief of Belsen||Glyn Hughes||TV film|
|2008||La rabbia||Producer 1|
|2009||The Calling||The Bishop|
|The Turn of the Screw||Professor||TV film|
|Moving On||Gabe||TV series (1 episode: "The Test")|
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- Times obituary
- BBC News obituary
- Obituary in Socialist Worker
- Obituary on the World Socialist Web Site