Drama based on a true story. When young Effie Gray becomes the wife of John Ruskin, it soon becomes apparent that Ruskin regards her as a muse rather than a wife.
When young Effie Gray becomes the wife of John Ruskin, one of the most distinguished writers and critics of the day, who has known her since her childhood, it soon becomes apparent that Ruskin regards her as a muse rather than a wife, and the stifling atmosphere of their home and Ruskin's overbearing wealthy parents soon take a toll on Effie's health.
A trip back to Scotland for Ruskin to have his portrait painted by his protege John Everett Millais increases the distance between husband and wife, but the sympathy shown by Millais begins to offer her a release.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Effie Gray||Dakota Fanning|
|John Ruskin||Greg Wise|
|John Everett Millais||Tom Sturridge|
|Mr Ruskin||David Suchet|
|Mrs Ruskin||Julie Walters|
|Lady Eastlake||Emma Thompson|
|Sir Charles Eastlake||James Fox|
|Sophie Gray||Polly Dartford|
|William Holman Hunt||Tom Herriott|
|Dante Gabriel Rossetti||Sam Churchill|
|Thomas Woolner||Martin Keatman|
|William Michael Rossetti||Chris Haggart|
|James Collinson||Alex Best|
|Frederic Stephens||George Laing|
|Wedding Minister||Patrick Doyle|
|Mr Gray (Effie's Father)||Peter Farr|