Keeley Hawes had standout roles in Wives & Daughters, Tipping the Velvet, and Upstairs Downstairs, but then was in a lot of modern stuff (like voicing Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider video games). I was thrilled to see her pop back up in The Durrells in Corfu, now I just have to go back and watch more than the first episode! Please, more Keeley, costume movie makers?
She started off in this adaptation of a Wilkie Collins novel: The Moonstone (1997).
Played one of two leads in the snoozeriffic adaptation of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend (1998).
Played Diana Dors in the bio-TV movie The Blonde Bombshell (1999).
Just a quick heads up that the ITV Marple adaptations are set in the 1950s rather than the 1930s (like the Poirets)
Went to the 1930s for Agatha Christie’s Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005).
“A Murder Is Announced” is actually set in the late 1940s. It is the only Miss Marple story that was set during this period in both television versions.
It’s tough to tell with the Marples, because you have some that seem to veer right into the early 1960s. They’re certainly circa-1950s-y, but their more specific era is VERY fuzzy. I did actually do some fashion stuff (illustrations of Keeley Hawes’s character) for this exact episode for a partwork dealing with Christie adaptations, so I’d have said AMIA was early 1950s based on some of the dresses they chose for her.
Don’t forget Anne Perry’s The Cater Street Hangman from 1998. A Victorian murder mystery.
Hubs and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Durrells in Corfu.
Wives & Daughters, The Moonstone
I think she pulls off “modern woman” in a “historical context” infinitely superior than K. Knightley & Co. In short, she can do any era and looks like she belongs. Alas, this is highly uncommon in hollywood. Most actors of both genders have a sharp dividing line whether or not they are suited to contemporary or historical periods. Hawes slips through those lines effortlessly, IMHO.
Does Ashes to Ashes count? It’s the early 80s.
Wives and Daughters, hands down, though I did love Fingersmith. And am I the only one in the world that actually liked Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story? (It was bizarre, though).
Loved Wives and Daughters. And I wholeheartedly agree with Lady C Logue she effortlessly fits into both historical and modern clothes.
Dat blue fan front <3
I’m obviously alone in my love for “Our Mutual Friend”!
No certainly not. It is one of my favourite TV series and the novel is one of my favourite Dickens. OMF is one of those series that I rewatch when I need “warming up”, along with Wives and Daughters.
I also love Our Mutual Friend!
Keeley Hawes is consistently good in whatever she is in, with maybe the exception of Under the Greenwood Tree which was disappointing. She always “looks the part”. She really made Upstairs Downstairs. She can do bitchy, (the banker in Dr Who) angelic (Our Mutual Friend), seductress, (Cynthia) and tired life worn, (the Durrells in Corfu).
I agree, she’s good wherever she appears. One contemporary drama she was just eerily creepy and just so compelling was series 2 of Line of Duty. Hands-down my favorite role for her is Wives and Daughters, though.
As it happens, I am into both Shakespeare and the Wars of the Roses. I really disliked her casting in Hollow Crown for shallow physical reasons – Elizabeth was very blonde and retained her considerable beauty into later life. But Keeley did a great job with the (small) part.
The dresses didn’t make me yell at the screen so definitely passed my “good enough for TV” test.
Nice to see her other work. Tipping the Velvet, whew!
Any chance of a review for ‘Summer of Rockets ‘?