Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Period Drama Week - Wednesday: Where have I've seen them before? (Part 2: Actors)

Yesterday, you saw the actresses you may have seen in multiple period dramas. For today, Part 2 of the series "Where have I've seen them before?", the Actors

Brendan Coyle
Brendan Coyle was in North and South (2004) as Nicholas Higgins, Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 - 2010) as Robert Timmins, and Downton Abbey (2010 - ) as John Bates.

Colin Firth
Colin Firth was in Pride and Prejudice (1995) as Mr. Darcy, The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) as Jack Worthing, and The King's Speech (2010) as Prince Albert (Bertie)/King George IV (sorry, typo in there).

Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens was in Sense and Sensibility (2008) as Edward Ferrars and in Downton Abbey (2010 - ) as Matthew Crawley.

Greg Wise
Greg Wise was in Sense and Sensibility (1995) as John Willoughby, The Moonstone (1997) as Franklin Blake, and Cranford (2007) as Sir Charles Maulver. He is also married to Sense and Sensibility co-star Emma Thompson.

Hugh Bonneville
Hugh Bonneville was in Daniel Deronda (2002) as Henleigh Grandcourt, Lost in Austen (2008) as Mr. Bennet, and Downton Abbey (2010 - ) as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.

Iain Glen
Iain Glen was in Adam Bede (1992) as Adam Bede, Wives and Daughters (1999) as Mr. Preston, and in the upcoming season of Downton Abbey as Sir Richard Carlisle. He was also married to Susanna Harker who played Jane Bennet in the 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice.

Jim Carter
Jim Carter was in The Way We Live Now (2002) as Mr. Brehgert, Cranford (2007 - 2009) as Captain Brown, and Downton Abbey (2010 - ) as Charles Carson.

Matthew Macfadyen
Matthew Macfayden was in The Way We Live Now (2002) as Sir Felix Carbury, Pride and Prejudice (2005) as Mr. Darcy, and Little Dorrit (2008) as Arthur Clennam.

Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon was in Wives and Daughters (1999) as Squire Hamley, Cranford (2007) as Thomas Holbrook, Emma (2009) as Mr. Woodhouse, and The King's Speech (2010) as King George V.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy was in Northanger Abbey (1986) as General Tilney (not pictured), Middlemarch (1994) as Arthur Brooke, Sense and Sensibility (1995) as Sir John Middleton, and Little Dorrit (2008) as Tite Barnacle.

That concludes the "Where have I've seen them before" posts!

God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. *groan* I KNEW Mr. Darcy was in IBE, but forgot. :P And the same for Michael Gambon. Greg Wise married Elinor? LOL! That's hilarious! Wow. :) Er, excuse all the mixed-up names. Have fun figuring out what I meant! :P ;)

  2. I love these actors so much, especially Brendan Coyle, Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville, Matthew Macfayden and Michael Gambon! Thomas Hardy always makes me laugh, he's so talented and can be quite hilarious! I hope to see these gentlemen in many more period films!

  3. Charity,
    I was watching S&S with my sister the other night and said "did you know that Greg Wise married Emma Thompson?" and she said "What? Not Marianne?!" haha ;-) (Well those aren't exact quotes, but you get the idea.)

  4. Wow! They played in a lot of movies! :)

  5. Greg Wise married to Emma Thompson? I almost can't believe it. She's so much older than him!

  6. Lol, Melody!

    And Miss Elizabeth, it's MacFadyen not MacFayden. I just figured that out the other day!

  7. 'Where have I seen them before' is such a fun game to play with period drama actors (or British actors in general really). I didn't know Iain Glen was married to Susannah Harker. That's kind of funny, because his character Adam Bede ended up marrying Susannah's character Dinah!


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