Double Your Pleasure with Austen-Inspired Actors and Actresses

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.

 

 

 

edmund-bertram-episode-1 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.

 

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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.

Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, the Wickham character in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason, as well as Edward Ferrars in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility.

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. 

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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3 Responses to Double Your Pleasure with Austen-Inspired Actors and Actresses

  1. Paula says:

    This lot I lovingly refer to as “The Beeb Mob.” So many thoughts… For my money, there is NO better Caroline Bingley than Anna Chancellor. She’s perfect in any kind of snooty upper-class role. Why doesn’t JJ Feild get more work? So dishy. Phyllida Law is Emma and Sophie Thompson’s real-life mum, not sure why she didn’t play that role in S & S, as she did in Emma.

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