Jane Austen’s literary works have inspired many successful film and television adaptations, including the 2005 iteration of Pride & Prejudice.
Pride & Prejudice closely follows Austen’s 1818 novel of the same name, where Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) faces her dear mother’s mounting pressures to marry her — and her four sisters — off to wealthy gentlemen in town. Her elder sister Jane (Rosamund Pike), to their mother’s delight, found an instant connection with Charles Bingley (Simon Woods). However, Bingley’s pursuit of Jane meant that Elizabeth would be spending more time with Fitzwilliam Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), who finds her “barely tolerable” to be around.
The 2005 adaptation, penned by Deborah Moggach and Emma Thompson, was directed by Joe Wright.
“Pride & Prejudice was so amazing because I’d been so obsessed with it since I was about 8,” Knightley gushed during a January 2019 interview with BBC Radio 1. “So, like, doing that, and also it was the first time I worked or been around a load of people around my own age, who were all interested in the same thing.”
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Scroll below to see what the Pride and Prejudice cast, the third major adaptation of the Austen’s novel, has been up to years after their time in Meryton: