Double Your Pleasure in Austen Film Adaptations! + Giveaway

Double Your Pleasure in Austen Film Adaptations! + Giveaway

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a film buff, especially period dramas. For many years, I taught media literacy, and I love to look for “unique” facts. One of my favorites is a list of actors who regularly appear in period dramas. I have many on my list, but the ones below are those specific to film adaptations of Jane Austen novels.These fabulous actors have appeared in more than one Austen film adaptation. That makes them “doubly” loved by Austen fans.

 

Kate Beckinsale has portrayed the foolishly immature Emma Woodhouse in 1996’s TV version of Emma, and most recently she appeared as the amoral Lady Susan Vernon in Love and Friendship.

Leo Bill played the roles of Robert Ferris in 2008’s Sense and Sensibility and that of John Warren in Becoming Jane.

 

 

 

 

Samantha Bond was Maria Bertram in 1983’s Mansfield Park, as well as Mrs. Weston in 1996’s Emma.

Hugh Bonneville has taken on three Austen roles. He was Mr. Rushworth in 1999’s Mansfield Park, the Reverend Brook Bridges in Miss Austen Regrets, and Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen.

 

 

 

 

Jim Broadbent has played the role of Bridget’s father in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

James Callis has appeared as Tom in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, as well as Colonel Andrews in Austenland.

 

 

 

 

Anna Chancellor played Caroline Bingley in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice. She also served as the voice over narrator for The Real Jane Austen.

Morfydd Clark has appeared in two recent films. She was Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Frederica Vernon in Love and Friendship.

 

 

 

Lucy Cohu appeared as Cassandra Austen in The Real Jane Austen. Later she was Eliza de Feuillide Austen in Becoming Jane.

Christina Cole was Mrs. Elton in 2009’s Emma, as well as Caroline Bingley in Lost in Austen.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna David first appeared as Elinor Dashwood in 1971’s Sense and Sensibility and then later as Mrs. Gardiner in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice.

Embeth Davidtz has appeared as Mary Crawford in 1999’s Mansfield Park, as well as Natasha in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Duncan portrayed Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram in 1999’s Mansfield Park and Lady Catherine De Bourgh in Lost in Austen.

Nicholas Farrell was Edmund Bertram in 1983’s Mansfield Park and Mr. Musgrove in 2007’s Persuasion.

 

 

 

 

James Fleet has appeared in three Austen films. He was John Dashwood in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, Mr. Bennet in Death Comes to Pemberley, and Sir Reginald DeCourcy in Love and Friendship.

Jj Feild first appeared as Henry Tilney in 2007’s Northanger Abbey and later as Mr. Henry Nobley in Austenland.

 

 

 

 

 

Colin Firth has been the delicious Fitzwilliam Darcy in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as the modern Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Victoria Hamilton was a three-peat. She can be found at Henrietta Musgrave in 1995’s Persuasion, Mrs. Forster in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, and Maria Bertram in 1999’s Mansfield Park.

 

 

 

 

Robert Hardy took on the role of General Tilney in 1986’s Northanger Abbey as part of the Screen Two TV series. Later he was Sir John Middleton in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility.

Shirley Henderson has played Jude in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Henry has been both John Knightley in 1996’s TV version of Emma and Mr. Collins in Lost in Austen.

Bernard Hepton appeared as Sir Thomas Bertram in 1983’s Mansfield Park and was Mr. Woodhouse in the 1996 TV version of Emma.

 

 

 

 

 

Gemma Jones played the role of Mrs. Dashwood in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, as well as Bridget’s “Mum” in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Phyllida Law appeared as Mrs. Bates in 1996’s Emma and as Mrs. Austen in Miss Austen Regrets.

 

 

 

 

Sylvestra Le Touzel played the roles of Fanny Price in 1983’s Mansfield Park and Mrs. Allen in 2007’s Northanger Abbey.

Anna Maxwell Martin took on the role of Cassandra Austen in Becoming Jane. Later, she was cast as Elizabeth Bennet Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonny Lee Miller has made three appearances in Austen-inspired films. Back in 1983, he was a young Charles Price in Mansfield Park. Later, he was Edmund Bertram in 1999’s Mansfield Park. Finally, he took on the role of Mr. Knightly in 2009’s Emma.

Carey Mulligan has been both Isabella Thorpe in 2007’s Northanger Abbey and Kitty Bennet in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was Meenakshi (the Marianne Dashwood character) in Kandukodain Kandukondain (“I Have Found It”), the Bollywood version of Sense and Sensibility, as well as Lalita Bakshi (the Elizabeth Bennet character) in Bride and Prejudice.

Jemma Redgrave portrayed Lady Bertram in 2007’s Mansfield Park, as well as Lady DeCourcy in Love and Friendship.

 

 

 

Irene Richard was Charlotte Lucas in 1980’s Pride and Prejudice and Elinor Dashwood in 1981’s Sense and Sensibility.

Blake Ritson took on the roles of Edmund Bertram in 2007’s Mansfield Park and Mr. Elton in 2009’s Emma.

 

 

 

 

Lucy Robinson was Mrs. Hurst in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Elton in the 1996 TV version of Emma, and Janey in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Greta Scacchi was Mrs. Weston in 1996’s Emma, as well as Cassandra Austen in Miss Austen Regrets.

 

 

 

 

David Savile first appeared as Charles Bingley in 1967’s Pride and Prejudice and later as Mr. Elliot in 1971’s Persuasion.

Daphne Slater made an appearance as Elizabeth Bennet in 1952’s Pride and Prejudice and later took on the role of Anne Elliot in 1960’s Persuasion.

 

 

 

Emma Thompson played Elinor Dashwood in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, as well as Doctor Rawling in Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Sophie Thompson took on the roles of Miss Bates in 1996’s Emma, as well as that of Mary Elliot Musgrove in 1995’s Persuasion.

 

 

 

 

Sophy Vavasseur was Anne Thorpe in 2007’s Northanger Abbey and Jane Lefroy in Becoming Jane.

Tom Ward was a mere milita officer, Lieutenant Chamberlayne, in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice, but in Death Comes to Pemberley, he portrayed Colonel Fitzwilliam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Wight was Mr. Gardiner in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as Admiral Croft in 2007’s Persuasion.

Olivia Williams has been two “Janes.” She was Jane Fairfax in 1996’s TV version of Emma and Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets.

Renée Zellweger has played the same character, that of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Okay, I known there are likely others to add to this list, especially, as I constructed it some two years prior. If you know of others that have been in at least two Austen-inspired films, add the information to the comments below. I also welcome your comments on memorable performances or on Austen films you have yet to view, etc. 

Comment before midnight Thursday, February 1, to be part of the giveaway of a JTOriginal (Janet Taylor Original) 2018 “Besotted” calendar. 

44 Responses to Double Your Pleasure in Austen Film Adaptations! + Giveaway

  1. I am impressed by your research. I was aware of some who played major roles but just about none of the supporting roles. I enjoyed thinking about each to see if I recognized them as that character. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love how so many of my favorite actors appear in different roles and not just in Austen but from other literary adaptations as well. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, I didn’t realise some of the actors and actresses took on more than one Austen film. Thanks for the enlightening information, Regina. I have yet to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby so I look forward to it.

  4. Well, I can’t say Sally Hawkins was in more than one Austen inspired movie but she played three big roles in three different classic book inspired movies. She played Anne Elliot in the 2007 version of “Persuasion”, Mrs. Reed in the 2011 Jane Eyre version and finally she played Mrs. Joe in Great Expectations. She was really good in all of these.

  5. Great post! Colin Firth has always been a favorite! I haven’t seen some of these versions but it’s amazing how many familiar faces there are!

  6. I’m terrible with names, so even though I knew some actors and actresses were in more than one Jane Austen movie I would never have known their names. Thanks for the info and the pictures!

  7. Terrific list, Regina! The one who seems to be left off most other lists like this is Joanna David, but you’ve got her. I do like to spot an Austen actor/actress in other period pieces too. Found lots of them in Poirot. The only time it became a problem to see a beloved character in another role was Hugh Bonneville, a lovable Mr Bennet in Lost in Austen playing a cruel SOB in Daniel Deronda (opposite the lovely and luminous Romola Garai, who would later play Emma (2007?) exquisitely. Will have to keep my eye out for the duplicates as I watch different versions!

  8. This was a great list! I was aware of a few of them but I also learned about several that I had not realized thanks to this list. I also just added a movie or two to my to watch list. Thank you for sharing this as well as for the calendar giveaway!

  9. Great post!!! I’ve seen quite a few of these films. I knew most of the ones you have here. Just one or two beat me. I can’t think of anymore off the top of my head but will probably be thinking about them all evening now:-)

  10. Wow! What a list. I did know of some of them. It is funny how when you are watching a movie your sub-conscience is niggling away at your brain that you recognize the star on the screen and you just know you have seen them before doing something very similar, but you can’t for the life of you think what it was. I hate those feelings. You have settled several for me and I thank you for that. Again… wow, what a list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank goodness we can now Google the person and see what else he/she has done through sites such as imdb.
      I hate to admit it took me forever to figure out where I had seen the girl playing Victoria in the series by the same name. Samuel West (Mr. Elliot from 1995 Persuasion), for example, had a bit part in Notting Hill, was in Mr. Selfridge, Cambridge Spies, Van Helsing, Any Human Heart, etc., etc., etc. In each he has a different look, just enough for me to do a double take.

  11. Wonderful and interesting post about the many choices and versions available for enjoyment. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

  12. It is always fun to review your lists. No others come right to mind . But now I am mentally filing through all the movies thinking about it. What fun!

  13. Hi Regina, I love your line up and as I already have several calendars I don’t need to be in the drawing. You mentioned Gemma Jones and I wonder if you ever saw her in a non-Austen PBS ” The Duchess of Duke Street.” It was a great two season series. Thanks for all the memories. I have loved so may of these actors and the films you mentioned.

  14. I haven’t seen any of the pre-90s versions of JA movies, so I had no idea how many actors were in multiple versions. I did know some of the more current “repeaters”. ?. Great list, and a great giveaway!

  15. I love watching new versions of period films especially Jane Austn ones and seeing who I can recognize from other Austen films. I’m forever saying to my husband “that’s so and so they were this character in 1995 P&P etc”. It makes the movies even more interesting. Thank you for reminding me of all the double and triple acts.

  16. I haven’t seen all the versions mentioned but it’s amazing to see how many dual characters I recognise. I am not very observant so there is not a chance of me adding to your collection 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this.

    • I cheat a bit, Glynis. For years, I taught media literacy when people did not see a need for it. Just the other day, the local news was talking about teaching kids to read visual images, product placement, etc. Naturally, I pay close attention to film techniques, etc.

  17. This is great, as they all swim in my mind. Thanks! Thank you, too, for the fun chance to win Janet’s calendar.

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