Best Mary Bennet
Lucy Briers, Pride and Prejudice 1995
Lucy has had a steady career in film and theatre since her turn as Miss Mary Bennet. She had the luxury of playing the character in the most beloved and longest adaptation of P&P, which gave her ample opportunities to utter Mary's banal sentiments. Both Lucy's parents were actors, and she came by her thespian skills naturally."You are brought up with a certain amount of success around you and so have high expectations," she said in an interview. "If you don't live up to these there are moments when you think: ‘I am not as good as my father.’ I have worked through those feelings and decided that it is all right — I can be an actress in my own right." (Image from Austenprose)
Talulah Riley, Pride and Prejudice 2005
This film was too short to fully capitalize on the inane character of Mary who, as played by young Talulah Riley, is insipid and sweet. Talulah began her career shortly before shooting began on this film. Her latest project is St. Trinians: 2, in which she acts with other Jane Austen actors, Colin Firth and Gemma Arterton. The film also stars Rupert Everett. Engaged to be married to a businessman, Riley splits her time between homes in L.A. and London.
Ruby Bental, Lost in Austen, 2008
A quirky Mary Bennet with a nice personality, Ruby gave the character a twee image. To quote Laurel Ann's words about Ruby in an earlier post: "Born in London in 1988, Ruby has solid theatrical roots - she is the daughter of actress Janine Duvitski (Vanity Fair 1999 & Little Dorrit 2008) and actor Paul Bentall (Vanity Fair 2004 and Silent Witness 2007). If you are lucky enough to live on the other side of the pond, you can catch her as Minnie the hopeless housemaid in the second season of BBC One’s production of Lark Rise to Candleford, which stars Julia Sawalha (Pride and Prejudice 1995)."