Pride and Personalities: which famous faces have worn bonnets and breeches?
17 July 2017
Jane Austen wrote some of the finest lines in English literature, so naturally some of our best actors and actresses have risen to the challenge of breathing life into them on the small screen. We have had a rummage in the BBC archives to find the cream of acting talent who have featured in Austen adaptations.
Sir Michael Gambon
Young cinema-goers perhaps best know Sir Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter blockbusters. He rose to fame on TV playing Detective Philip Marlow in The Singing Detective, and followed up with the controversial drama The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. But in between his wizard appearances as the reboutable Hogwarts Headmaster Sir Michael plays crotchety Mr Woodhouse, father of Emma in the book of the same name.
Dame Patricia Routledge
Before Hyacinth Bucket was acting above her station in Keeping Up Appearances actress Dame Patricia Routledge played inveterate gossip Mrs Jennings in the 1971 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Of course Mrs Jennings also saw herself as something of a social climber being the widow of a man "who had got all his money in a low way". Yet Austen herself described Mrs. Jennings as "a very cheerful, agreeable woman," probably the most lovable character in the novel.