Zara Phythian: Doctor Strange actress and husband guilty of pedophilia charges | UK News

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An actress who appeared in the movie Doctor Strange and her husband have been found guilty of grooming and abusing a teenage girl.

Zara Phythian was convicted of 14 counts of sexual activity with a child between the ages of 13 and 15 between 2005 and 2008.

Her husband, Victor Marke, 59, was guilty of the same offenses as well as four counts of indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl between 2002 and 2003.

Phythian, 37, is a martial arts instructor from Mansfield who appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the character Brunette Zealot in the 2016 Marvel film Doctor Strange.

The couple both denied the charges during the trial at Nottingham Crown Court, but were unanimously found guilty.

Jurors heard the domestic abuse began when Phythian, then in her twenties, asked the girl if she wanted to “play dare” and copy a sex act she had performed on Marke.

The victim said Marke made threats and ordered him to film some of the abuse.

The girl was able to describe a Chinese calligraphy tattoo that Phythian has near her private parts and described how Marke pretended to be asleep before joining in the abuse.

She was abused at least 20 times and the offenses continued until she was 16.

Phythian called the allegations “b******” in interviews with police in 2017 and suggested the victim may have seen his tattoo in a locker room.

She told the court that she was lucky enough to be in movies after being spotted at a martial arts competition, and now runs a production company and has her own clothing brand. sport.

Marke, from Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire, who is also a martial arts instructor, denied being attracted to teenage girls and repeatedly cried on the witness stand.

He also denied that he and his wife ‘encouraged threesomes’ when their victim was aged 13, 14 and 15.

Judge Mark Watson took the couple into custody for sentencing next week and warned them their prison sentence would likely be “considerable”.

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