Austen Adaptations

Explore this section of the JASNA-Southwest for our definitive guide to Austen adaptations — from the classic to the modern take.

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Click on the links below to explore the range of adaptations of each of Austen’s works.

Left column, from top: The militia come to Meryton in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice; Greg Wise (Willoughby) and Kate Winslet in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility; Michelle Ryan (Maria Bertram) and Rory Kinnear (Mr. Rushworth) in Mansfield Park (2007); Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary

Middle column, from top: Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless; Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 mini series Pride and Prejudice; Sophia Myles (Susan Price) and Frances O’Connor (Fanny Price) with an uncredited Price sibling in the 1999 theatrical version of Mansfield Park; Joanna Sotomura (Emma Woodhouse) and Brent Bailey (Alex Knightley) in Emma Approved; Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey (2007)

Right column, from top: Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) and Jeremy Northam (Mr. Knightley) in the 1996 theatrical version of Emma; Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in Love and Friendship; Amanda Root (Anne Elliot) and Ciarán Hinds (Capt. Wentworth) in the 1995 Persuasion; Hattie Morahan (Elinor Dashwood), Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) and Dan Stevens (Edward Ferrars) in the 2008 Sense and Sensibility mini series; Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) and Rupert Evans (Frank Churchill) in the 2009 Emma mini series; Rupert Penry-Jones (Capt. Wentworth) in the 2008 version of Persuasion

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Emma

Clueless

Stacey Dash (Dionne), Alicia Silverstone (Cher) and Brittany Murphy (Tai) in Clueless

Emma 2009

Michael Gambon (Mr. Woodhouse), Romola Garai (Emma) and Jonny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightley)

Emma 1996 (TV movie)

Mark Strong (Mr. Knightley) and Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) in the 1996 TV movie

Emma 1996 (film)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) and Toni Collette (Harriet Smith) in the 1996 theatrical release

Emma 1972

Doran Godwin (Emma) and Timothy Peters (Mr. Elton) in the 1972 mini series

Emma Approved

Dayeanne Hutton (Harriet Smith), Joanna Sotomura (Emma Woodhouse) and Brent Bailey (Alex Knightley) in Emma Approved

Aisha

Sonam Kapoor as Aisha

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park 1999

Frances O’Connor (Fanny Price) in the 1999 film

Mansfield Park 2007

Joseph Beattie (Henry Crawford), Billie Piper (Fanny Price), Joseph Morgan (William Price) and Blake Ritson (Edmund Bertram) in the 2007 TV movie.

Mansfield Park 2003

Benedict Cumberbatch played Edmund Bertram and David Tennant played Tom Bertram in the 2003 BBC Radio production, which also starred Felicity Jones.

Mansfield Park 1983

Nicolas Farrell (Edmund Bertram) and Sylvestra Le Touzel (Fanny Price) in the 1983 mini series.

From Mansfield With Love

Scene from episode one of the multi-platform series From Mansfield With Love that modernizes Mansfield Park.

Metropolitan

Scene from Metropolitan, Whit Stillman’s loose interpretation of Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey 2007

JJ Feild and Felicity Jones in the 2007 television movie

Northanger Abbey 1987

Peter Firth (Henry Tilney), Ingrid Lacey (Eleanor Tilney) and Katharine Schlesinger (Catherine Morland) in the 1987 version of Northanger Abbey

Ruby in Paradise

Allison Dean and Ashley Judd in Ruby in Paradise

The Cate Morland Chronicles

Madeline Thatcher as Cate Morland in the web series

Wishbone: Pup Fiction

Wishbone as Henry Tilney in Wishbone: “Pup Fiction”

Persuasion

Persuasion 1995

Amanda Root (Anne Elliot) and Ciarán Hinds (Capt. Wentworth) in the 1995 Persuasion

Persuasion 2007

Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot) and Rupert Penry-Jones (Capt. Wentworth) in the 2007 version

Persuasion 1971

Scene from the 1971 mini series

The Lake House

A copy of the novel plays a key role in The Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Colin Firth (Mark Darcy) and Renée Zellweger (Bridget) in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Persuasion: the Web Series

Tia Streaty (Renee) in the 2015 web series, Persuasion

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice 1995

Susannah Harker (Jane Bennet) and Crispin Bonham-Carter (Mr. Bingley) in the 1995 mini series

Pride and Prejudice 2005

The ladies of the Bennet family, from the 2005 film: Jena Malone (Lydia), Rosamund Pike (Jane), Talulah Riley (Mary), Carey Mulligan (Kitty), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth) and Brenda Blethyn (Mrs. Bennet)

Pride and Prejudice 1980

Elizabeth Garvie (Elizabeth Bennet) and David Rintoul (Mr. Darcy) in the 1980 mini series

Bride and Prejudice

Aishwarya Rai (Lalita Bakshi) and Martin Henderson (William Darcy) in Bride and Prejudice

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Julia Cho (Charlotte Lu) and Ashley Clements (Lizzie Bennet) from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Pride and Prejudice 1940

Sir Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy in the 1940 film

Lost in Austen

Elliot Cowan (Mr. Darcy) and Daniel Percival (Michael) have to be separated by Jemima Rooper (Amanda Price) when her real and fictional worlds collide in Lost in Austen.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Matthew Goode (George Wickham), Matthew Rhys (Fitzwilliam Darcy), Anna Maxwell Martin (Elizabeth Darcy) and Jenna Coleman (Lydia Wickham) in Death Comes to Pemberley

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

Ellie Bamber (Lydia Bennet), Sam Riley (Mr. Darcy), Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet) and Matt Smith (Parson Collins) in Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

Bridget Jones's Diary

Renée Zellweger as Bridget and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary

Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy

Kam Heskin (Elizabeth Bennet) and Orlando Seale (Will Darcy) in the Utah-set Latter Day Saints version

Austenland

Keri Russell (Jane Hayes) and JJ Feild (Mr. Nobley) in Austenland

Wishbone: Furst Impressions

Dee Hennigan (Elizabeth Bennet) and Larry Brantley (voice of Wishbone) in the children’s television version of Pride and Prejudice, the Wishbone episode “Furst Impressions

Unleasing Mr. Darcy

The Hallmark TV movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy with Cindy Busby as Elizabeth Scott and Ryan Paevey as Donovan Darcy

You've Got Mail

In You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks (Joe Fox) and Meg Ryan (Kathleen Kelly) finally meet in person after corresponding via email, with a copy of Pride and Prejudice to help identify each other.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility 2008

Hattie Morahan (Elinor Dashwood), Janet McTeer (Mrs. Dashwood) and Charity Wakefield (Marianne Dashwood) in the 2008 mini series

Sense and Sensibility 1995

Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood), Emilie Francois (Margaret Dashwood) and Kate Winslet (Marianne Dashwood) in the 1995 film

Sense and Sensibility 1981

Tracey Childs (Marianne) and Irene Richard (Elinor) in the 1981 mini series

Sense and Sensibility 1971

Joanna David (Elinor) and Ciaran Madden (Marianne) in the 1971 version

From Prada to Nada

Camilla Belle (Nora Dominguez) and Alexa PenaVega (Mary Dominguez) in From Prada to Nada

Scents and Sensibility

Ashley Williams (Elinor Dashwood) and Marla Sokoloff (Marianne Dashwood) in Scents and Sensibility

I Have Found It

Aishwarya Rai in the Marianne role in the Bollywood version of Sense and Sensibility, I Have Found It

Elinor and Marianne Take Barton

Bonita Trigg (Marianne Dashwood) and Abi Davies (Elinor Dashwood) in Elinor and Marianne Take Barton

Material Girls

Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff play the Marchetta sisters in Material Girls

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Lady Susan

Love and Friendship

Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in Love and Friendship

Sanditon

Welcome to Sanditon

Pemberley Digital’s Welcome to Sanditon interactive storytelling platform

Sanditon

Poster for the upcoming film Sanditon, starring Charlotte Rampling as Lady Denham