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The Real Jane Austen (2002)

A dramatized documentary on the life of Jane Austen.

Director:

Nicky Pattison

Writer:

Jane Austen (letters)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Chancellor ... Herself - Narrator
Gillian Kearney ... Jane Austen
John Standing ... Mr. Austen
Lara Harvey Lara Harvey ... Young Jane Austen (as Lara Rebekah Harvey)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Austen
Danielle Green Danielle Green ... Young Cassandra Austen
Lucy Cohu ... Cassandra Austen
Judith French Judith French ... Jane's Schoolmistress
Oliver Chris ... Tom Lefroy
Wendy Craig ... Aunt Lefroy
Beth Winslet ... Fanny Knight
Jack Davenport ... Henry Austen
Ben Illis Ben Illis ... James Austen
Patrick Connolly Patrick Connolly ... Harris Bigg
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Birch Lauren Birch ... Baby Jane Austen
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A dramatized documentary on the life of Jane Austen.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I pragmatiki Jane Austen See more »

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The tan and black gown with striped sleeves and black crepe bow on the bodice worn by Wendy Craig (Mrs.Lefroy) is the same costume worn by Penny Downie (Lady Judith Milbanke) at dinner after Annabella returns to her parents' house in Byron (2003), Francesca Annis (Lady Ludlow) wears in Cranford (2007), Gemma Jones (Mrs. Dashwood) wears playing cards at Barton Park in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Jemma Redgrave (Lady Bertram) wears in the final scene in Mansfield Park (2007), and Rosemary Enright wears at dinner in The Regency House Party (2004). The costume is also worn by an extra at the Netherfield Ball in Pride & Prejudice (2005). See more »

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Features Sense and Sensibility (1995) See more »

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Sentimental Journey
(Mansfield Park Soundtrack)
by Lesley Barber
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Satisying Portrayal
16 September 2007 | by Taurus-LittrowSee all my reviews

I agree whole-heartedly with Chris Holdridge's comments abut this program. Being something of an Austen fanatic and having read the Letters and other reliable sources, it was delightful to see Ms. Austen so beautifully brought to life. I am writing this the morning after seeing 2007's "Becoming Jane". Although I knew that the plot of the latter film was going to be fairly unbelievable, I was disappointed that Anne Hathaway's dull portrayal of Austen fell so far short of the mark. For obvious reasons, I can't say I know the real Jane Austen, but from what I've read, Gillian Kearney's performance in The Real Jane Austen is both believable and satisfying: intelligent, bright, perky, and funny.


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