TV Fact #265 – July 16th, 2015:

In the six-episode 1995 British television drama version of “Pride ad Prejudice”, adapted by Andrew Davies from author Jane Austen’s famous 1813 novel of the same name, has the character Miss Bingley played by actress Anna Chancellor who is a direct descendant of Austen’s elder brother, Edward. This, however, was not the only connection to Austen and other interpretations of her novel.

Actress Susannah Harker, who played the character Jane Bennet, is the daughter of actress Polly Adams, who played Jane in an earlier BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice” in 1967. Harker also happened to be pregnant during filming, but was able to continue due to the cut of the costumes and some cleverly placed shawls. Still, continuing the idea of inspiring new works, you’ll be surprised to know that lead actor Colin Firth, who played the lead character Mr. Darcy, was playing a role that would ultimately lead him to another popular role in his career.

Helen Fielding, author of the 1996 novel “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, as it turns out had both the character of Mr. Darcy from this production and the actor Colin Firth in mind when she created the character Mark Darcy in “Bridget Jones.” As many know, Firth played Mark Darcy in the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” movie adaptation that came out in 2001.

Cycles of family and creativity come in many forms. Sometimes you pick up a role that your mother did before you or, unknowingly, become the father that creates a new character in another story. Sunrise, sunset.

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