A TELEVISION actress has sat down with a married couple after they successfully bid to have 'Tea at The Ritz' in aid of a North Yorkshire charity.

Organised on behalf of the Bedale-based Cystic Fibrosis Care charity, John and Janet Kerr were invited to meet Jenny Agutter at the world-famous hotel in London.

The Northern Echo:

The actress, who is playing Sister Julienne in the BBC's drama Call the Midwife, sat down with the couple after they successfully bid for the prize while at the Society of Hygiene Food and Technology's annual awards.

Patricia Kilpatrick, founder and director of Cystic Fibrosis Care, which was this year nominated as the society's chosen charity, said: “Jenny has done so much to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, having seen at first hand just how debilitating and serious the condition can be.

"We were extremely grateful she could spare time in her busy schedule to spend the afternoon with our winners."

Earlier this year, the BBC actress revealed that her niece and great nephew had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disorder that can affect the lungs, liver, kidneys, intestine and pancreas.

The disorder is believed to currently affect more than 10,000 children and young adults living in the UK, while Cystic Fibrosis Care said there is no cure.

The charity's founder and director added: "We are delighted to have the Society’s continuing support this year."