11 thoughts on “WCW: Lydia Bennet

  1. I wonder if that random search for a MILF Lydia Bennett was trying to figure out Julia Sawalha’s name? Because she was absolutely gorgeous when she played in Lark Rise to Candleford. I just adored Dorcas Lane!

    While I think her P&P is my favorite, I have to say that Jenna is absolutely my favorite Lydia. She just brought so much naive pluck and bombastic energy to that part (which IMO, was otherwise miscast apart from Wickham — everyone felt like a pale imitation of themselves).

    1. I warmed up to the Death Comes to Pemberley cast. I agree that Jenna Coleman was perfectly cast. Everyone else…as I said I warmed up to them. It was filled with “I never would’ve thought of X as Y” casting; but even so, ultimately I LOVED that production because the cast had the acting chops to pull it off. And Matthew Goode was just sooo hateful as Wickham.

  2. I LOVE Death Comes to Pemberley! I feel like its such a beautiful production, and so well cast. I hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies though. I thought the plot was nonsense.

  3. The two gowns on Lydia in those screen shots of the 1980 BBC “Pride and Prejudice “had been used for Harriet in the 1972 BBC “Emma.” Such different characters!!

  4. The 2005 Pride and Prejudice is a let-down with the Bennet sisters’ outfits, barring Jane. Jane is the only one who doesn’t look like she’s poor. I will always love the 1995 production, since it’s the closest to the book.

  5. So much here…! Julia Sawalha is just….awesome!!! Like others have said, I LOVED Jenna Coleman in Death Comes to Pemberley, but I also loved that production overall. P&P and Zombies, I also don’t really remember Lydia per se and need to re-watch. (Did I just write that P&P and Zobmies merits a re-watch???) One show that definitely merits a re-watch is Lost in Austen which I absolutely loved. Re Jenna Malone, she is a very talented actress and I lament when I see her in productions where the costume and makeup department don’t compliment her appearance. I agree with you here that they did her no favors in the ’05 production. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the ’05 (and I don’t know if I’ll ever re-watch it), but I feel like Malone just screamed “American” trying to fit it, but honestly I can’t remember if that was because of her performance or because I knew that she was an American thrown into a British cast. I hate to say it, but based on pictures alone, my favorite costumes are from the non-traditional productions: 1st–Death Comes to Pemberley; 2nd–Lost in Austen; 3rd–P&P and Zombies. Great WCW post!!

  6. Love Julia Sawalha, I can hear her voice just by looking at those photos. I don’t remember much of P&P and Zombies – except for Matt Smith as Collins!

    Jenna Coleman looks real good on those photos, but I found Death Comes to Pemberley a little bit boring and I’m all for a good mystery in general. Don’t know why, the magic didn’t happen.

  7. Not a frock flick, but Lydia in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries was a lot more fleshed out and sympathetic than in other versions.

    1995 is still my favorite.

  8. Julia Sawalha deserves a wcw of her own! Have grown up with her as the plutonic ideal of Lydia Bennet, I was shocked when I watch her episode of who do you think you are and heard her talk about how she had to fight for her first few period parts because they told her she didn’t fit as an “English Rose” due to her Jordanian heritage.

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