About Arthur KippsEdit

Arthur Kipps



Played by

Adrian Rawlins (1989), Daniel Radcliffe (2012)



Cause of death

Crushed under a tree with his family (1989), Was hit by a train trying to save Joseph.

Place of Birth

Crythin Gifford (2012)

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), is a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son, Joseph Kipps, and travel to a remote village to

Radcliff as Arthur Kipps

attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. At the beginning of the 2012 film adaption, it is revealed that his wife Stella died while giving birth to his young son, Joseph. Arthur never got over his wife's tragic death and is constantly depressed about it.

=2012 Adaption=

Four years before the main events of the film, Arthur is seen waiting outside in a small corridor, hearing Stella Kipps' screams through the other side. The door then opens and Arthur for the first time, meets his newborn son. He asks of Stella, who unfortunately hand died whilst in labour.

During the main events of the film, Arthur is constantly depressed over his wife's death, sometimes hallucinating her sudden appearence. Arthur is later forced to leave his young son, Joseph Kipps behind and attend to the affairs of the deceased owner of the dark Eel Marsh House, Alice Drablow. Arthur catches a train to Crythin Grifford, also befriending Sam Daily in the process. Arthur rents a room in a small tavern, where the three Fisher girls died years ago. Arthur meets with the slightly nervous Mr. Jerome, who sends him away. Now on the brink of losing his job, Arthur pays Jerome's colleague Keckwick to take him to the house.

They arrive at the house, but Arthur quickly reminds Keckwick to pick him up once the tide backs up. Arthur notices graves stored around the house and the destroyed gate leading to the house. Arthur enters the house, but before he can attend to the documents, he is distracted by odd noises upstairs. Investigating, he finds nothing. But when looking outside a window, he sees a woman dressed in black. When he is distracted, the woman mysteriously disappears. Arthur returns downstairs, but then he suddenly hears large cries for help and a horse neighing. Arthur returns to the path leading to the house and searches madly for the noises. Suddenly, Keckwick appears behind him, who had already come to pick him up. When they return to the village, Arthur attempts to report the woman to the village constable. When the constable excuses himself, two children bring in their sister, Victoria Hardy, who had drunk some Lye. Arthur calls for the constable, but it is too late as Victoria coughs up blood and dies in Arthur's arms.

Arthur watches in horror as Victoria's parents discover her dead body. The distraught village folks blame her death on Arthur, who had seen the woman. Arthur is later begged by Mrs. Fisher not to return to Eel Marsh House and to return home to his son. Arthur meets with Sam, who invites him to stay at their house. Sam also reveals that they lost their own son to drowning. Arthur meets Elisabeth Daily and her little twin puppies, but whilst they have dinner, Elisabeth suffers a fit of hysteria and viciously carves a figure hanging from a beam, before Sam chloroforms her.


  • Misha Handley, who plays Joseph Kipps, is the real godson of Daniel Radcliffe.
  • Adrian Rawlins who played in the 1989 TV Movie The Woman in Black, also played James Potter in the Harry Potter Films.

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