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Jennifer's parents were actress Rosemary Harris and American novelist John Ehle. She was brought up in the USA, but it didn't stop her landing the lead role in that most English of stories, Pride and Prejudice.
She was discovered by Sir Peter Hall while still at drama school and cast in The Camomile Lawn playing Young Calypso. The older version of the same character was played by her mother!
A number of roles followed including Cynthia in Backbeat, and it wasn't long before she landed the part she would become most strongly identified with - Elizabeth Bennet.
Jennifer went on to star in Wilde, Bedrooms and Hallways and This Year's Love. She has also won several awards for her stage work, including beating her own mother to the Tony Award for Best Actress in 2000.
She won the Tony for her performance in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.
Jennifer won a Best Actress BAFTA for her performance as Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice.
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