Jennifer Ehle won a BAFTA for her portrayal of Elizabeth, then went on to have a successful career on stage and screen. Most recently seen in The Ides of March and Contagion, Jennifer also had a role in the mega blockbuster The King's Speech.
Who could forget Mr Darcy? Suave, sophisticated, and the very definition of ‘dreamy’, we know we certainly can’t. And neither could the author Helen Fielding, as Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy was the inspiration behind Bridget Jones’ Diary. Who would have thought!
We shouldn’t have to mention… Our Colin is pretty much everywhere! Firth is now one of the UK's best acting exports. An Oscar winner and all-round classy gent, his career has gone from strength to strength. He was recently seen in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The beautiful and demure Jane was the eldest Bennet daughter and the apple of her mother's eye. Sweet and gentle Jane tended to see only the good in people, which left her open to a lot of hurt (cue lots of weeping into pillows) when people turned out to be a lot nastier than first thought. Poor Jane…
Feisty Elizabeth was the second eldest Bennet daughter and the character around which all the Pride and Prejudice action revolved. Despite being witty and clever, she didn't half jump to conclusions and get in a twist sometimes, bless her. Still, things worked out well for her when she bagged the adorable Darcy.
Before Pride and Prejudice Susannah Harker was best known for her role in political thriller House of Cards. Harker still appears on stage, and was even in an episode of Midsomer Murders!
Rich, charming and handsome, Mr Bingley stirred up the local community when he moved to the Netherfield estate from the north of England. His arrival incited much excitement in Mrs Bennet, who was desperate to marry off one of her five daughters to the gent. His interest in Jane was clear from the moment he set his baby blue eyes on her at a local dance.
Pride and Prejudice was pretty much Crispin Bonham-Carter's only big role. He’s since appeared in bits and pieces of telly, including Absolutely Fabulous and ER, where his role was billed as 'passenger'. Oh dear. Having said that, he did do a spell in Coronation Street, and appeared in Westlife's Uptown Girl video. Good times!
We can’t but love Lydia’s silliness. She was always giggling and flirting with the local militia, eventually bagging one of the handsome soldiers. Lydia enjoyed a good gossip and didn't give a hoot when she was the subject of the all the tittle tattle, much to her family's embarrassment.
A costume or period drama just isn't the same without Julia Sawalha. She’s the queen of the corset, recently playing the much loved Dorcus in Larkrise to Candleford. Ms Sawalha isn't all about bonnets though. We actually know her best for playing maligned daughter Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous, which returned for three gloriously funny episodes at the end of 2011.
Oh Mr Wickham, you wicked, wicked boy! A member of the militia who descended on the local town, Wickham was one bad lad - spreading rumours about Mr Darcy and generally being a bit of a cad. Wickham ended up eloping with giggly Lydia, so he didn’t do too bad for himself!
Adrian Lukis has had a steady career on British telly since the 1990s, appearing in standards from The Bill to Judge John Deed. He's also appeared in some top theatre productions, including The Winslow Boy. Most recently he's been seen in top comedies Fresh Meat and Outnumbered.
Kitty was a little older than her sister Lydia. But even so, she was just as silly! Her main hobbies were giggling and sniggering and gossiping with her sisters. Though unlike Lydia, Kitty possessed a strong moral backbone, much to her father's relief.
Polly Maberly has taken the well-worn British character actor path through TV drama, appearing in everything from The Bill and Midsomer Murders to Doctors. She had a large role in The Royal as Dr Lucy Klein and appeared in Hollyoaks as Natalie Talbot.
Poor Mary. Where her other sisters were described as pretty and vivacious, Mary was said to be rather plain and drab. But we never thought so. Anyone who spends that much time reading is bound to be an interesting date!
The daughter of national treasure Richard Briers, Lucy Briers has had a very successful stage career with the odd foray into telly. She's pulling that sinister face for a stage play, by the way!
A cousin of Mr Bennet, Mr Collins was the heir to the Bennets' home, Longbourn. He decided he'd marry Elizabeth, but she was none too pleased with the thought and rebuffed him. He ended up marrying Elizabeth's good friend Charlotte Lucas, much to Mr Bennet’s relief.
David hasn’t done too badly after his Pride and Prejudice days. He once played Adolf Hitler in Valkyrie, opposite Tom Cruise, which is pretty exciting. And you may have spotted him in Psychoville to The Borgias. Plus, and you'll never believe this one - he's been in Midsomer Murders too!
The snooty sis of Mr Bingley, Caroline had rather a thing for Mr Darcy, so was deeply annoyed when he started showing an attraction to Elizabeth Bennet. She did everything in her power to turn Darcy against Elizabeth but, thankfully, to no avail.
Cornering the market in playing posh ladies, Anna Chancellor is perhaps best known for playing Hugh Grant's ex 'Duckface' in Four Weddings and a Funeral. That wasn’t her only role though. She's also been a regular in Spooks, The Hour and Kavanagh QC. She is married to the wonderfully named Redha Debbah.
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