Tag Archives: Austen Actors

A Gothic Persuasion

That’s not true, the new AMC series, The Terror has nothing to do with Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Except Ciaran Hinds, who played Captain Frederick Wentworth in the 1995 adaptation of the novel is starring as John Franklin. IMDB says he’s in all 10 episodes, but the questions is, will he be alive for all those episodes?

I’m not usually a fan of horror but I do have a thing for AMC’s, The Walking Dead, and I watched both seasons of Netflix’s The Frankenstein Chronicles a few weeks ago. (It’s bloody beyond reason, and Season One is FAR superior to Season two so be warned.) I’ll give The Terror a couple of episodes to persuade me of its worth.

The publicity photo below still has me laughing. I’m pushing away all sorts of unkind Frederick-in-the-future sorts of memes.


“I call him Walter. Don’t tell my wife.”


Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Written by AMC


An Austen Hero to the End

Today a wonderful actor died.

Alan Rickman was known for roles on the stage and in movies. As the day goes on, we will be adding to this post.

Some of our favorites are:

(Robin Helm) I will always think of Alan Rickman as the standard by whom all men playing the part of Colonel Brandon are measured. He was the perfect gentleman to capture Marianne Dashwood’s heart in the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. He exemplified kindness, intelligence, and lasting love, and his adoration of Marianne was present in every line he spoke.Colonel Brandon and Marianne

The actor was also very good at comedy, as is shown in this clip of Rickman as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves. I’ve included a YouTube video of one of his funniest scenes. Don’t we all love a man who can make us laugh?



Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films.  I loved Rickman’s voice. That voice inspired me to write a novel called Two of a Kind. I even sent it to a publisher. They rejected it, but I got some kind words about the plot. Odd fact, the lead character of that novel was called Kevin Doyle, which is the name of the actor who plays Mr. Mosley on Downton Abbey.

I chose Snape because I always go for the second fiddle. And in this case, it was the bad guy gone straight.

Thank you, Mr Rickman for all wonderful movies your career gave me. (Susan Kaye)

UPDATE: Bottle_ShockI nearly forgot one of his best roles EVER. A snobbish
British, French wine aficionado in Bottle Shock. Included in this comedy is a bonus: young, 70s, hippyish Chris Pine in tight jeans. And some great music.

I am late to the party for this tribute, but I’ve got to add one of my favorite Alan Rickman films: Galaxy Quest. It’s an affectionate parody of Star Trek (the original series) that now has a cult following of its own.

Rickman masterfully plays the dual role of Alexander Dane, frustrated actor, and the sci-fi television character Dr. Lazarus. His expression in the photo? Priceless. “By Grabthar’s Hammer,” you will be missed, Mr. Rickman. (Laura Hile)galaxy-quest

Interviews with Darcy, Bingley, and Charlotte

A few weeks ago, I invited readers to submit questions for the characters in Jane Austen’s books. Today, Charles Bingley, Charlotte Lucas, and Fitzwilliam Darcy graciously respond to Joy Dawn King and Laura Hile.


Mr. Bingley, Mrs. King would like to know why you have allowed Caroline to continue to live with you after she has caused you and your beloved Jane so much grief.

Ah! My good friend Darcy told me of Mrs. King and her questions. I have long grappled with the conflict I feel concerning my sister, Caroline. My father talked to me before his death, solemnly emphasizing my duty towards both my sisters. I would be no better than John Dashwood if I turned her out, and we all know how he has fared with Austen fans. I would rather be seen as a lovable man who is too forgiving than one who ignores the needs of his family. Let us all hope that Caroline’s twenty thousand pounds will attract a husband soon. However, if it does not, both my angel, Jane, and I are willing to contribute another five thousand pounds to her dowry if it will expedite the matter.

Thank you, Mr. Bingley. Mrs. Collins, Mrs. King has a question for you as well.

Is fifty miles of good road enough of a distance to see the need to feather your own nest?

CharlottesOh, Mrs. King, you know that felicity in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. I would add that it is usually a matter of choice. I chose to marry Mr. Collins, and while there are times at which it would please me greatly to be fifty miles from him, I have resigned myself to the fact that I will be fifty miles from Meryton instead. As Elizabeth and Jane left soon after I did, I do not regret my decision at all. In fact, I have the comfort of seeing Elizabeth at least twice a year – once in Meryton and once at Rosings. We write each other often and make certain that we will be in those locations at the same time.


Mr. Darcy, Laura Hile asks you explain to us why you feel the need to consume a diet drink. She realizes that Jane Austen wrote you as being a proud man, but  advises you to have a care. “Dear Jane also wrote Sir Walter Elliot, and we all know how anxious he was to maintain his figure. Has modern fame gone to your head? Or, er, waist?”

Well, Mrs. Hile, perhaps you should direct the question to Coca-Cola or Mrs. Helm. After all, Mrs. Helm bought said “diet soda,” and the soft drink manufacturer placed my name on the drink without my permission; they chose to put me on a “diet soda.” I think it was most presumptuous, as I have never, in any of my incarnations pictured above, needed to lose weight.

As to the second question, every woman appears to have a favourite Darcy whom they hold to be the paragon of all which is manly and attractive, and they become positively violent when faced with the idea that another actor might do the part as well. How could fame “go to my head” when I have no idea who I actually am? Each generation brings forth yet another Darcy with a different interpretation of my character and my appearance. I have heard of a mental problem which afflicts some people called “multiple personality disorder.” Perhaps that would explain why there are so many Darcys.

Indeed, Mrs. Helm herself told me that she chose to use a collage of the Darcy actors in order to avoid offending any of your gentle readers, though I must candidly admit that your comparison of my person to that of Sir Walter Elliot is highly offensive to me. (As a consequence, I have raised an eyebrow. You may picture that in your mind.) I am not at all like that gentlemen, though my valet takes great care with my appearance. I allow him to dress me as he likes in order to keep him content, for he is such an asset to me, and training a new valet to my exacting (but entirely reasonable) standards would be quite strenuous.