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P&P 200: The Many Faces of Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy (Part 3)

Several actors have portrayed the most popular fictional couple Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy (aka Mr. Darcy) in Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, who's celebrating its 200th anniversary this month (on Monday, January 28th!), which has been adapted countless times from Stage (1936)/Broadway (First Impression 1959), TV mini-series (1938, 1952, 1967, 1980, and 1995), and films (1940, 1958, and 2005, as well as inspired P&P films such as Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy 2003, Bride & Prejudice 2004, and Bridget Jones movies to name a few) numerous times since 1936 (stage version) to the 2005 Oscar nominated film version starring Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen.

I'm sure many of you P&P fans have seen at least 1 or 2 versions of P&P. I can say now that I've seen at least 9 (1940, 1980, 1995, 2003, B&P 2004, 2005, Lost In Austen, A Modern P&P, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) of them. Of course, the 2005 version (with Keira & Matthew) is my all-time favorite P&P film adaptation of all P&P versions. It was the BEST P&P version I've ever seen (and have seen several times than I care to count, lol), in my humble opinion. It made me love and finished reading the original novel, both Keira Knightley as an actress and Matthew Macfadyen as an actor (as well as the rest of P&P 05 cast), and the reason I created my own P&P Fan Forum, Devoted Fans of P&P on FB, Tumblr, Pinterest, and this P&P Blog here, of course.

Anyway, here are some images from various P&P adaptations (including the 4 notable tv/film versions that most of us had either seen or heard about and are universally acknowledged) that I could find through google image searches on the web...

(Then & Now): The Many Faces of 
Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy

Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier
Pride and Prejudice (1940; Film)

Celia Bannerman & Lewis Fiander
Pride and Prejudice (1967; TV)


Elizabeth Garvie & David Rintoul
Pride and Prejudice (1980; TV/Miniseries)

Jennifer Ehle & Colin Firth
Pride and Prejudice (1995; TV/Miniseries)

Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen
Pride & Prejudice (2005; Film)

Other Inspired/P&P-related Films

Kam Heskin (as Elizabeth Bennet) & Orlando Seale (as Will Darcy)
Pride & Prejudice: The Latter-Day Comedy (2003; Independent Film)

Aishwarya Rai (as Lalita Bakshi) & Martin Henderson (as Will Darcy)
Bride & Prejudice (2004; Bollywood Musical Film)

(Lost In Austen; TV Miniseries 2008)

Mia Petee & Caleb Grusing
 A Modern Pride and Prejudice (2011; Independent Film) 

Ashley Clements & Daniel Gordh 

 The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012/2013; Vlog/YouTube series)

Plus, I've included the following...
Renee Zellweger (as Bridget Jones) & Colin Firth (as Mark Darcy)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
and Bridget Jones Diary (2001)



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