25 Days of Pride & Prejudice: Day 18 – Time Flies When You’re Going Crazy

Previous // Next


Episode 6, Third watch

Mrs. Bennet is delighted to have one of her daughters married at last; Elizabeth sees Wickham in his true colors when she meets him again after his elopement; excitement builds when Bingley returns to Netherfield, bringing Darcy with him.

I can’t believe this is nearly over! Just a week left, and then I can go back to normal life — what will I do with all my free time?!???

(I’m gonna take a long-ass vacation from social media, that’s what.)

The first time I did this, I didn’t watch the Pride & Prejudice movie again for more than a year.

I wonder if I’ll ever watch this series again…

Anyway, keeping with the theme of time flying by, today I thought it might be fun to take a look at where all the actors are now in 2019.

After all, it’s been nearly 25 years since the series first aired, and a lot has changed in the intervening years. (And I, for one, have been having fun recalling the mid-90s throughout this project.)

Some are probably well-known to you, while others have all but disappeared from the industry.

So let’s start with the most famous: Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth.

Mr. Darcy

Played by: Colin Firth

Then: Firth had some success in 1989’s Valmont, but Pride & Prejudice was his big breakthrough.

Now: Easily the most recognizable face from the cast, Colin Firth has gone on to do huge, big budget productions such as The King’s Speech, the Bridget Jones series, and more recently, the Kingsman movies.

Elizabeth Bennet

Played by: Jennifer Ehle

Then: A few bit roles in various TV shows.

Now: More than 50 credits to her name, including a reoccurring role as Anastasia Steele’s mother in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise. She also was reunited on screen with Colin Firth in The King’s Speech (2010).

Jane Bennet

Played by: Susannah Harker

Then: Already in show business for a decade before Pride & Prejudice, Harker had racked up a considerable number of credits to her name, including roles in mostly-British productions like House of Cards and Chancer.

Now: Harker has stayed with mostly TV movies and shows, and has had roles in Grantchester and Midsomer Murders.

Lydia Bennet

Played by: Julia Sawalha

Then: If you didn’t know Sawalha from Pride & Prejudice, it’s likely you knew her from her role as the nerdy Saffron on Absolutely Fabulous, a role she landed just two years after P&P.

Now: These days, Sawalha is also known for her role from 2008-2011 as Dorcus Lane, on the series, Lark Rise to Candleford.

Mrs. Bennet

Played by: Alison Steadman

Then: Steadman was already a well-established actress in 1995, with a plethora of credits to her name.

Now: Still acting, Steadman is perhaps best known to modern audiences for her role as Pam in the long-running tv series, Gavin & Stacey.

Mr. Bennet

Played by: Benjamin Whitrow

Then: Whitrow was a prolific actor who even trained under Sir Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre. His credits include Chaplin (1992) and Wolf Hall (2015) and a voice acting credit in Chicken Run (2000) as Fowler.

Now: Sadly, Whitrow died in 2017, aged 80, after a long and successful acting career.

Mr. Bingley

Played by: Crispin Bonham-Carter

Then: Bonham-Carter (yes, he’s a third cousin of Helena) had already had roles in shows and movies such as Scarlet and Black (1993) and Howard’s End (1992).

Now: Since 2015, he has been teaching English and Classics at Alexandra Park School in London.

Maria Lucas

Played by: Lucy Davis

Then: Before landing the minor role, the aspiring actress already had parts in TV shows like The Detectives, Casualty and The Bill.

Now: Davis’ breakout role was as Dawn in the original version of The Office (the British Pam). Since then, she has made guest appearances on shows such as Ugly Betty, Californication and NCIS. Davis most recently had a large role in DC’s Wonder Woman.

Mr. Wickham

Played by: Adrian Lukis

Then: Lukis was young, but had plenty of acting experience in 1995, especially with roles on shows such as Chandler & Co in 1994.

Now: In 2015, Lukis starred as Laurence Olivier in the play Orson’s Shadow, and recently, has roles in Downton Abbey, Black Mirror and The Crown.

What do you think of the cast now? Who did I miss that you wish had been included?

Don’t forget to share this blog on your social media to be eligible to win our birthday giveaway prize pack!


Previous // Next

3 thoughts on “25 Days of Pride & Prejudice: Day 18 – Time Flies When You’re Going Crazy

  1. Alison Steadman was also in Orphan Black and she was great in it.
    I had not realised Lucy Davis was Maria Lucas!
    Such a good cast in general!
    Also Anna Chancellor was Lix Storm in The Hour and was great in that role!


  2. Anna Chancellor (who’s a great-great-great (?)-niece of Jane Austen) has been working a lot on TV series lately. She was in “Fleming” in 2014, “The Crown,” “Downton Abbey,” and this year she played Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Oscar.”

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s