Saturday, February 18, 2012

Degrees of Separation Game

The actors and actresses of period dramas bring to life our favorite characters from literature. If you watch many period dramas you'll notice that many of the same actors and actresses show up in popular period films and costume drama miniseries.   


This week I've put together a little Degrees of Separation Game featuring some fairly well-known actors and period dramas. This time we're starting and ending with lovely young actress Claire Foy!


How to play:  Follow the degrees of separation and name the eight actors whose names are left blank below. Try to guess their names without looking up the info but if you can't you might want to use IMDb.com to help. Leave a comment with your guesses. I'll respond with your answers. Feel free to guess as many times as you'd like. 


For Extra Points: Name the characters the actors play in each period drama (two characters for each actor).


Scoring: Five points for each actor's full name that you guess correctly. Five extra points for each period drama character you guess correctly. A total of 130 points is possible.   

Degrees of Separation Puzzle:
Actress Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs (2010)
with _____ _____ who was in Wives & Daughters (1999)
with _____ _____ who was in Great Expectations (1999)
with _____ _____ who was in Amazing Grace (2006)
with _____ _____ who was in Emma (2009)
with _____ ___ _____ who was in Mansfield Park (1999)
with _____ _____ who was in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
with ___ ______ who was in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
with _______ __________ who was is Little Dorrit (2008)

Have fun! :)

37 comments:

Payton Wilson said...

Here goes...

Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs
with Keeley Hawes who was in Wives and Daughters (as Cynthia Kirkpatrick)
with Justine Waddell (as Molly Gibson) who was in Great Expectations (as Estella)
with Ioan Gruffoud (Pip) who was in Amazing Grace (as William Wilberforce)
with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner) or Michael Gambon (as Lord Fox) who was in Emma (Romola Garai as Emma and Michael Gambon as Mr. Woodhouse)
with Jonny Lee Miller (as Mr. Knightley) who was in Mansfield Park (as Edmund Bertram)
with Frances O' Connor (as Fanny Price) who was in The Importance of Being Earnest
with Judi Dench who was in Pride and Prejudice (as Lady Catherine)
with Matthew MacFadyen (as Darcy) who was in Little Dorrit (as Arthur Clennam)
with Claire Foy! (as Amy Dorrit)

Fun!!

Miss Dashwood said...

Ooh! What fun!

Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs with _______ who was in Wives and Daughters with Justine Waddell who was in Great Expectations with Ioan Gruffudd who was in Amazing Grace with Romola Garai who was in Emma with Jonny Lee Miller who was in Mansfield Park with Frances...um... something who was in The Importance of Being Earnest with Judi Dench who was in Pride and Prejudice with Matthew Macfadayen who was in Little Dorrit with Claire Foy!

beastsbelle said...

This is what I could remember without looking! ;)

-Claire Foy (Lady Persiphone)
-( ,Cynthia)
-Justine Waddell (Molly, Estella Haversham)
-Ioan Griffud (Pip, William Wilberforce)
-Romola Garai (Barbara Spooner, Emma Woodhouse)
-Blake ? (Mr. Elton, Edmund Bertram)
-
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-Matthew McFayden (Mr. Darcy, Arthur Clennam)
-(Amy Dorrit)

This is what I could come up with after looking online:

-Claire Foy (Lady Persiphone)
-Keeley Hawes (Lady Agnes Holland, Cynthia Kirkpatrick)
-Justine Waddell (Molly Gibson, Estella)
-Ioan Gruffudd (okay, really spelled his name wrong!) (Pip, William Wilberforce)
-Romola Garai (Barbara Spooner, Emma Woodhouse)
-Blake Ritson (Mr. Elton, Edmund Bertram)
-?? Still no clue on this one
-Judi Dench (Lady Augusta Bracknell, Lady Catherine de Bourg)
-Matthew Mcfadyen (Oops! Spelled his name wrong, too!) (Mr. Darcy, Arthur Clennam)
-Claire Foy (Amy Dorrit)

Man, that character from 'Mansfield Park" and "The Importance of Being Ernest" is going to bother me!! ;)

Melody said...

Hahaha, that is excessively diverting.... Miss Dashwood was very recently explaining this degrees of separation thing to me, and then this!

There's that thinking-about-the-same-thing again! ;-)

Looks quite fun...I shall give it a try.

Melody said...

Okay, here I go. Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs (as Lady Persie*) with Keeley Hawes (as Lady Agnes Holland*) who was in Wives and Daughters (as Cynthia Kirkpatrick) with Justine Waddell who was in Great Expectations (as Estella Havisham) with Ioan Gruffudd* (as Phillip "Pip" Pirrip) who was in Amazing Grace with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner) who was in Emma (as Emma Woodhouse) with Jonny Lee Miller (as Mr. Knightley) who was in Mansfield Park (as Edmund Bertram) with Frances O'Connor who was in The Importance of Being Earnest (as Gwendolen Fairfax*) with Judi Dench (as Lady Augusta Bracknell*) who was in Pride and Prejudice (as Lady Catherine de Bourgh) with Matthew MacFadyen (as Mr. Darcy) who was in Little Dorrit (as Arthur Clennam) with Claire Foy (as Amy Dorrit)!

Okay, so I figured out everything on my own except for the things with an asterisk. I did, however, figure out all the movie connections on my own. =) How fun! Thank you Miss Laurie!

The way I did that will probably make it very hard for you to calculate my score....

I noticed everybody connected was married or the romantic interest with each other as it went along...except Judi Dench. Was there someone else in Earnest and P&P who I didn't get?

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Payton,
Good work! Your score is 110 points!
The only ones you missed were naming the characters from Upstairs, Downstairs and The Importance of Being Earnest. I wasn't counting Michael Gambon but you're right he was in Emma (2009) and Amazing Grace as well! Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Miss Dashwood,
Good work on the actor's names! Your score is 35 points. If you can name the characters the actors play you get extra points (and I know you must know at least half of them). ;)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

beastsbelle,
Good job on your guesses without looking! Your score for that is 80 points! After looking online you add 25 points to your score for a total of 105 points.
The problem is that you were looking at the wrong Mansfield Park adaptation so the actor is wrong. It's the 1999 Mansfield Park version that is the connection. Thanks for playing!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody,
That's funny that you were just talking about Degrees of Separation with Mouse! ;) It is really a lot of fun!
Your score by yourself is 90 points but with the ones you looked up 25 points are added for a total of 115 points!
There were three character names you forgot and they were the gal's character name in Great Expectations, the guy's character name in Amazing Grace, and the gal's character name in Mansfield Park. Otherwise your answers were perfectly right and you're right about that "lead" connection. :)
Thanks for playing!

Melody said...

Oh, oops! It gets so tricky! ;-) (Plus I was trying to hurry. Not the best idea.)
Okay, so the the "gal" in Great Expectations was Estella Havisham (I thought I had put that one, but maybe I was editing it and backspaced it accidentally), in Amazing Grace it's William Wilberforce, and in Mansfield Park it's Fanny Price.

Thanks again!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody,
Ooops! Yes, you did mention the "gal" in Great Expectations but forgot to mention her character in Wives & Daughters (my fault). The other two character names you mentioned were correct. Glad you enjoyed this! :)

Melody said...

Oh! hehe! That would be Molly Gibson. ;-) I had copied my answer, but then I didn't paste it before I accidentally copied something else... silly me... so I couldn't check back.

In His Wings said...

Claire Foy as Lady Persie Towyn (Upstairs,Downstairs)

Keeley Hawes as Cynthia Kirkpatrick (Wives & Daughters)

Justine Waddel as Estella Havisham (Great Expectations)

Ioan Gruffund as Pip (Amazing Grace)

Jonny Lee Miller as Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park)

Judi Dench as Lady Augusta Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest)

Kiera Knightley as Lizzie Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)

Matthew Macfadyen as Arthur Clennam(Little Dorrit)

The only one I wasn't really sure of was Judi Dench's character. I have only seen The Importance of Being Earnest once. It was a fun quiz.

God bless,
Sarah Grace

Eva-Joy said...

Actress Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs (2010)
with Keeley Hawes who was in Wives & Daughters (1999)
with Justine Waddell who was in Great Expectations (1999)
with Ioan Gruffudd who was in Amazing Grace (2006)
with Romala Garia who was in Emma (2009)
with Johnny Lee Miller who was in Mansfield Park (1999)
with Frances O' Conner who was in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
with Judi Dench who was in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
with Matthew Macfayden who was is Little Dorrit (2008)
with Claire Foy!

This was really fun.

Rachel Olivia said...

When will the answers be posted. I only got a few and am dying to know the rest.
Wives and Daughters
Great Expectations
Romola Garai (Barbara Wilberforce (Spooner) and Emma in below)-Amazing Grace
Johnny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightly above and Edmund Bertram this one)-Mansfield Park
The Importance of Being Earnest
Pride and Prejudice
Matthew McFayden (Mr. Darcy above and ? this one) Little Dorrit

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody,
Good job on your last guess. 15 points have been added to your score so your total is 130 points which is the maximum points you can earn! Good job! Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Sarah Grace,
Good job on your guesses, all were correct except for Keira Knightley. Your score is 65 points. Thanks for playing!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Eva-Joy,
Good work on guessing the actors, they were all correct. Your score is 40 points! If you want to guess the characters they play feel free to guess again. Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Rachel Olivia,
Good job on your guesses. Your score is 40 points.
The answers won't be posted until next Saturday so you can wait until then or look them up online at IMDb.com. Thanks for playing!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

While searching for pictures of my newest British actress crush, Justine Waddell, I came across your lovely blog. I think you and I shall be great friends.

Miss Dashwood said...

Whoops! I completely missed the part about naming the characters! Sorry about that. I'll just go through and do the whole thing again if that's okay.

All right. Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs with ________ who was in Wives and Daughters with Justine Waddell (as Molly Gibson) who was in Great Expectations (as Estelle Havisham) with Ioan Gruffudd (as Philip Pirrip, "Pip") who was in Amazing Grace (as William Wilberforce) with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner) who was in Emma (as Emma Woodhouse) with Jonny Lee Miller (as Mr. Knightley) who was in Mansfield Park (as Edmund Bertram) with Frances....uh... her name will come to me.... (as Fanny Price) who was in TIOBE (as Gwendolyn Bracknell) with Judi Dench (as Lady Bracknell) who was in Pride and Prejudice (as Lady Catherine de Bourgh) with Matthew Macfadyen (as Mr. Darcy) who was in Little Dorrit (as Arthur Clennam) with Claire Foy (as Amy Dorrit)!

Whew!
Oh, and I always refer to Great Expectations (1999) as "the Great Expectations with Molly Gibson and William Wilberforce." :P

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Actress Claire Foy (Lady Persephone Towyn) was in Upstairs, Downstairs (2010)
with Keeley Hawes (Lady Agnes Holland, Cynthia Kirkpatrick) who was in Wives & Daughters (1999)
with Justine Waddell (Molly Gibson, Estella Havisham) who was in Great Expectations (1999)
with Ioan Gruffud (Pip, William Wilberforce) who was in Amazing Grace (2006)
with (Two possible answers: Romola Garai (Barbara Spooner, Emma Woodhouse) or Michael Gambon (Sir Charles Fox, Henry Woodhouse) who was in Emma (2009)
with Johnny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightley, Edmund Bertram) who was in Mansfield Park (1999)
with Frances O'Connor (Fanny Price, Cecily Cardew who was in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
with Judi Dench (Lady Bracknell, Lady Catherine de Bourgh) who was in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
with Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy, Arthur Clennam) who was is Little Dorrit (2008)
with Claire Foy (Amy Dorrit)!

Sara Lyn said...

Keeley Hawes (? and Cynthia)
Justine Waddell (Molly and ?)
Ioan Gruffudd (? and William Wilberforce!!!!)
Romola Garai (Barbara and Emma Woodhouse)
Johnny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightley and Edmund Bertram)
Frances O'Conner (Fanny Price and Gwendolyn)
Judi Dench (Aunt Augusta :) and Lady Catherine DeBourgh)
Matthew MacFadyen (Mr. Darcy and ?)

Alexandra said...
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Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Miss Dashwood,
Okay, I have recalculated your score based on your new answers and your total is 110 points! All of your answers were correct. If you think of the Upstairs Downstair / Wives & Daughters actress feel free to guess again. Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Miss Elizabeth,
Excellent work on your guesses, all were correct. You reached the maximum score of 130 points!
When I put the game together I forgot about the Michael Gambon connection but you're right. Good work! Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Sara Lyn,
Good job, all of your guesses were correct! Your total is 75 points. Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Alexandra,
Good job on guessing the actor's names they were all correct. Your score is 40 points!
I'm not sure but I think your message might have got cut off in the middle. For some reason your comments keep coming up in my Spam box too, weird.
You can get extra points by naming the characters the actors played too! :)

birdienl said...

Keeley Hawes - Cynthia Kirkpatrick
Justine Wadell - Estella
Ioan Gruffud - William Wilberforce
Romola Garai - Emma Woodhouse
Johnny Lee Miller - Edmund Bertram
Frances O'Connor - ?
? - ?
Matthew McFadyen - Arthur Clennam


Great game!!

Maria Elisabeth said...

Let me see.....

Keeley Hawes
Justine Waddell (Molly Gibson)
Ioan Gruffud (Pip, William Wilberforce)
Romola Garai (Barbara Spooner, Emma Woodhouse)
Jonny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightley, Edmund Bertram)
Frances O’Connor (Fanny Price)
Judi Dench (Lady Catherine de Bourgh)
Matthew McFayden (Mr. Darcy, Arthur Clennam)

I did look up on IMDb for some of these, since I've hardly ever heard of Upstairs, Downstairs or The Importance of Being Earnest. Lots of fun!

Miss Dashwood said...

Frances O'CONNOR!!!! That's it!
All right, I'm now going to IMDB to try and figure out the Upstairs Downstairs character...
Oh! It must be Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland, who then played Cynthia Kirkpatrick on Wives and Daughters.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

birdinel,
All of your guesses were correct! Your score is 65 points. Good job!

Maria Elisabeth,
Good job on all of your guesses. Your score is 95 points! Well done! :)

Miss Dashwood,
Good job on your latest guess! Your score is 129. If you figure out what character Claire Foy plays in Upstairs Downstairs you can have the last point. :)

Anonymous said...

I've never done one of these before, and am a wee bit confused, but I think I've got the gist of it.:)

Actress Claire Foy was in Upstairs, Downstairs (2010)
with *Keeley Hawes (Cynthia Kirkpatrick)* who was in Wives & Daughters (1999)
with *Justine Waddell (Estella)* who was in Great Expectations (1999)
with *Ioan Gruffudd (William Wilberforce)* who was in Amazing Grace (2006)
with *Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse)* who was in Emma (2009)
with *Jonny Lee Miller (Edmund Bertram)* who was in Mansfield Park (1999)
with *Frances O'Conner (Gwendolen Fairfax)* who was in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
with *Judi Dench (Lady Catherine de Bourg)* who was in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
with *Matthew Macfayden (Mr. Darcy)* who was in Little Dorrit (2008)
with Claire Foy!


~Mary Beth

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Mary Beth,
Good job on all of your guesses, your score is 80 points! Thanks for playing! :)

Jemimah said...

Okay, here goes.

Michael Gambon was in Amazing Grace with Romola Garai who was in Emma (2009) with Johnny Lee Miller who was in Mansfield Park (1999).

That's all I could get, hope I'm right!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Jemimah,
Thanks for playing! Two of the actors you guessed were correct but unfortunately Michael Gambon wasn't one I was thinking of.

Answers up soon!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Alexandra said:
Ok, Claire Foy was with Keeley Hawes in Upstairs, Downstairs, who was in Wives and Daughters with Justine Waddell, who was in Great Expectations with Ioan Gruffudd, who was in Amazing Grace with Romola Garai, who was in Emma with Jonny Lee Miller, who was in Mansfield Park with Frances O'Conner, who was in The Importance of Being Earnest with Judi Dench, who was in Pride and Prejudice with Matthew McFayden, who was in Little Dorrit with Claire Foy. I feel like I've been writing those :-)

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