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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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