Actors Who Have Portrayed Multiple Austen Characters

Daphne Slater took on the parts of Anne Elliot in Perusasion 1960 and that of Elizabeth Bennet in the 1952 production of Pride and Prejudice.


Phyllida Law played Mrs. Austen in Miss Austen Regrets and Mrs. Bates in Emma 1996.



Leo Bill was cast as John Warren in Becoming Jane, as well as Robert Ferras in 2008’s Sense and Sensibility.

UnknownLindsay Duncan was Lady Catherine in Lost in Austen and Mrs. Price in 1999’s Mansfield Park.


JJ Feild portrayed Henry Tilney in 2007’s Northanger Abbey and is set to play Mr. Henry Nobley in Austenland.

UnknownGuy Henry portrayed the sleazy Mr. Collins in the 2008 film Lost in Austen, as well as the more likeable John Knightley in Emma 1996 (TV).


Hugh Bonneville has appeared three times: Rev. Brook Bridges in Miss Austen Regrets; Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen; and Mr. Rushworth in Mansfield Park 1999.


Sylvestra Le Touzel played Mrs. Allen in Northanger Abbey 2007. Earlier she portrayed Fanny Price in Mansfield Park 1983.


Irene Richard played Charlotte Lucas in the 1980 version of Pride and Prejudice. The next year she became Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility.


David Savile took on the part of Charles Bingley in the 1967 version of Pride and Prejudice. Four years later, he portrayed Mr. Elliot in Perusasion.


Gemma Jones, who portrayed Mrs. Dashwood in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, also played the role of Bridget Jones’s mother in the films based loosely on Pride and Prejudice.


Joanna David portrayed Elinor Dashwood in 1971’s Sense and Sensibility, as well as Mrs. Gardiner in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice.

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


James Callis will be Colonel Andrews in Austenland, but early on he was Tom in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.


Blake Ritson has portrayed both Edmund Bertram in 2007’s Mansfield Park and Mr. Elton in 2009’s Emma.

imagesOlivia Williams was cast as Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets and Jane Fairfax in 1996’s TV version of Emma.


Jonny Lee Miller once portrayed Mr. Knightley in 2009’s Emma. In 1999, he was cast as Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, and believe it or not, he was Charles Price in the 1983 TV mini-series of Mansfield Park.

Lucy Robinson also appeared in three Austen-related flicks: she 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.

I also found it interesting that Richard Owens, who played Colonel Brandon in the 1971 version of Sense and Sensibility is the father of Susannah Harker, who played Jane Bennet in 1995′s Pride and Prejudice.

It is a bit amusing that Hugh Grant’s birthday is 9 September, and Colin Firth’s is 10 September. They played the “Wickham” and “Darcy” roles, respectively, in the Bridget Jones movies. Of course, Grant was also Edward Ferrars in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility.

So, do you know of other similar roles I have missed?

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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5 Responses to Actors Who Have Portrayed Multiple Austen Characters

  1. Amazingly, Blake Ritson was equally delicious as Edmund and Mr. Elton. I never thought I’d love Mr. Elton, but he made me do it! 🙂 I actually had to wonder why Emma rejected him. And Jonny Lee was an equally delightful Edmund, and I must admit he’s my favorite Knightley to date, though Jeremy Northam comes a very close second. 🙂

  2. eenayray says:

    This is a thorough and fun list! I totally missed that the same actor played John Knightly (Emma 1996) and Mr. Collins in Lost in Austen. His Mr. Collins was so nasty and creepy I never would have placed him in the earlier benign role.

    • Do you just hate it when you see an actor in a new role, and you wonder, “Where have I seen him/her before”?

    • Dee says:

      Yes that character surprised me greatly. The best part was that as Mr Knightley, he made fun of the clergyman, and then got to play the ridiculed clergyman himself.

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