I found the resemblance uncanny.
Fiona Shawl, actress could be the direct descendant of The Countess of Glengall, 1804 (painted by Thomas Lawrence)
Jane Austen fans will recognize Fiona as Mrs. Croft, the admiral's sensible lady. Mrs. Croft childless state inspired one of Jane Austen's more caustic remark: "A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world."
The image of the Countess of Glengall is currently being shown in the Thomas Lawrence exhibit, Regency Power and Brilliance, at Yale Center for British Art.
|Countess of Glengall, 1804, detail, by Sir Thomas Lawrence|
|Fiona Shaw. Image @Naxos Audio Books|
|Mrs. Croft (Fiona) and Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) in Persuasion 1995|