With the April version of Austen Actors, I thought we might need to play “Six Degrees of Separation” because of the numerous connections. Many in this month’s display, for example, have been in movies with Colin Firth: Anna Chancellor, Renée Zellweger, Emma Thompson, and Susannah Harker. With Ms. Harker, both she and her mother portrayed the part of “Jane Bennet.” Susannah played the role in 1995, and her mother, Polly Adams, in 1967, while her father was Colonel Brandon in 1971′s Sense and Sensibility. One of our oldest film versions – the 1938 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – gives us Andrew Osborn’s Mr. Darcy. From Pride and Prejudice 1995, we have Anna Chancellor and Susannah Harker; from Lost in Austen, we find Tom Riley and Michelle Duncan. Both Michelle and James McAvoy were in Atonement, with Keira Knightley, who was in Pride and Prejudice 2005 with Rosamund Pike, who recently starred with Sally Hawkins in Made in Dagenham. Emma Thompson worked with Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant in Love Actually, along with Keira and Colin; and, of course, she is married to the dashing “Mr. Willoughby,” Greg Wise. Etc., etc., etc.
So, sit back and enjoy this month’s look at some of our favorite Austen-related actors.