Archaeological period drama The Dig released to Netflix on 29 January 2021. But what happened to Robert Pretty, Edith’s son, following the end of the film?

The Dig, directed by Simon Stone, is adapted from John Preston’s beloved novel of the same name. It stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn and Ben Chaplin.

Child actor Archie Barnes plays the role of Robert Pretty, son of Edith (Carey Mulligan). But what happened to Robert Pretty following the end of the film?

Now would be the time to ring the *spoiler alert* bells, as details of the film in full will be revealed.

Screenshot: Archie Barnes as Robert Pretty in The Dig – Netflix

Robert Pretty in The Dig

Robert Dempster Pretty was born on 7 September 1930. Edith Pretty (née Dempster) was 47 years old when she gave birth to her only son.

Robert’s father was Frank Pretty, a major in the Territorial Army’s Suffolk Regiment during World War I. Frank was also involved in his family business of clothing manufacture.

What happened to Robert Pretty after Edith’s death?

The Dig concludes on a sombre note with Edith contemplating her failing health, the looming Second World War, and the fate of her son Robert. Edith Pretty died on 17 December 1942 after suffering from a stroke.

After the death of his mother, Robert Pretty was raised by his aunt, Elizabeth. Robert moved to live with Elizabeth in Hampshire and never returned to Tranmer House.

However, if you are to visit Tranmer House in Sutton Hoo, you may see Robert Pretty’s portrait hanging there. Edith Pretty commissioned Dutch artist Cor Visser to paint a portrait of herself and Robert.

Screenshot: Archie Barnes as Robert Pretty in The Dig – Netflix

When did Robert Dempster Pretty die?

  • 14 June 1988

Robert Dempster Pretty died on 14 June 1988 at the age of 57.

It is reported that Robert died of cancer, leaving behind three children – Penny, David and John.

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