Nigel Havers reveals how his third wife introduced him to the beauty of Kenya

Nigel Havers
Nigel Havers was featured in Series 10 of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? Photo: BBC

Actor Nigel Havers has become the latest British celebrity to include Kenya in their list of favourite holiday destinations as part of regular feature in The Times.

The 66 year-old actor, who was born in London, chose acting rather than following in the footsteps of his father, the attorney general Sir Michael Havers.

Among his film credits are Chariots of Fire, Empire of the Sun and David Lean’s epic A Passage to India. On television, he starred in The Charmer, Don’t Wait Up, and has appeared in popular soap opera Coronation Street and holiday sitcom Benidorm. 

Nigel Havers in Chariots of Fire
Nigel Havers in Chariots of Fire (1981).

In the article, he says that it was his third wife, Georgiana Bronfman, who works for a conservation charity in Kenya alongside conservationist Richard Leakey, who introduced him to the East African country

“When I remarried 11 years ago, my wife introduced me to Kenya, where she’d lived and worked,” he explains.

“She took me to Manda Bay — it’s very beautiful and isolated, just down the coast from Somalia, so they’ve had problems with pirates in recent years. We often stay with friends at a lodge called Laragai , in a wildlife park in the hills north of Nairobi.

“It’s off-grid, with no running water, but utterly gorgeous. They take us on safaris, where it’s not the lions that you need to worry about, but the elephants and buffalo — both can be very aggressive and territorial.”

Manda Bay
The “very beautiful and isolated” Manda Bay.

Havers’ aforementioned wife, Georgiana Bronfman, was born Rita Webb in Essex and is the ex-wife of an extremely wealthy American media tycoon. After leaving home at 18 to work as an au pair in New York, she changed her name and returned to the UK six years later in a Rolls Royce, married to Edgar Bronfman, who at the time was the fifth richest man in America. 

Georgiana works for a conservation charity in Kenya alongside palaeontologist and conservationist Richard Leakey, whom Havers describes as “one of her oldest friends”.

To read the full feature on Nigel Havers’ favourite holiday destinations, visit the Times website.