Saturday, June 30, 2012

Double Puzzle 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 two separate Degrees of Separation Puzzles for you to work on. Each puzzles features some fairly well-known actors and period dramas. One puzzle starts and ends with talented Imelda Staunton while the other puzzle ends and starts with brilliant actor Alun Armstrong. These are two actors who no period drama would be quite the same without! :)

How to play: Follow the degrees of separation and name the actors whose names are left blank below. Try to guess their names without looking up the info but if you get stuck you might want to use IMDb.com to help. Leave a comment with your guesses. I'll respond with your score. Feel free to guess as many times as you'd like.

For Extra Points: Fill in all of the (as ?) spaces by naming the characters the actors play in each period drama (two characters for each actor).

Scoring: Two points for each actor's full name that you guess correctly (20 points). 1 extra point for each of their character names you guess correctly (22 points). A high score of 42 points is possible.


Imelda Staunton

Degrees of Separation Puzzle #1:
Actress Imelda Staunton was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as ?)
with ____ ________ (as ?) who was in Much Ado About Nothing 1994 (as ?)
with ____ __________ (as ?) who was in Emma 1997 (as ?)
with ________ ______ (as ?) who was in Jane Eyre 1996 (as ?)
with _____ _____ (as ?) who was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as ?)
with Imelda Staunton!




Alun Armstong

Degrees of Separation Puzzle #2:
Actor Alun Armstrong was in Bleak House 2005 (as ?)
with _____ ________ (as ?) who was in Northanger Abbey 2007 (as ?)
with _________ __ ______ (as ?) who was in Amazing Grace (as ?)
with ______ _____ (as ?) who was in Daniel Deronda (as ?)
with ____ __________ (as ?) who was in Downton Abbey (as ?)
with _______ _____ (as ?) who was in North and South 2004 (as ?)
with ____ _______ ______ (as ?) who was in Bleak House 2005 (as ?)
with Alun Armstrong!


Answers will be posted next Saturday. Have fun! :)

10 comments:

Melody said...

I love these!

Okay, I.S. was in S&S95 as Mrs. Palmer with Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood who was in Much Ado About Nothing as... um...can't remember the name. Beatrice! That's right! (Had to look it up. Heh.) With Kate Beckinsale (as Hero--just saw that, haha) who was in Emma 1997 (as Emma herself), with Samantha Morton (was that the last name?) who was in Jane Eyre (do you mean 1997? 1996 was a different one, but maybe I'm just going the wrong way here...) (as Jane Eyre) with Gemma Jones (as Mrs. Fairfax) who was in S&S95 (as Mrs. Dashwood.)

Had to look up Gemma Jones' name.

Okay, next one. :D

Alun Armstrong was in Bleak House 2005 (as Mr. Bucket) with Carey Mulligan (as Ada Clare) who was in Northanger Abbey 2007 (as Isabella Thorpe) Sylvestra Le Touzel (as Marianne Thormnton) with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner) who was in Daniel Deronda (as Gwendolen Harleth) with Hugh Bonneville (as Mr. Grandcourt) who was in Downton Abbey (as Robert Crawley) with Brendan Coyle (as John Bates) who was in North & South 2004 (as Nicholas Higgins) with Anna Maxwell Martin (as Bessy Higgins) who was in Bleak House 2005 (as Esther Summerson) with Alun Armstrong!

Phew! I had to look a few things up in there. Especially since I haven't really seen Downton Abbey.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Puzzle #1:
Actress Imelda Staunton was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as Mrs. Charlotte Palmer)
with Emma Thompson (as Elinor Dashwood) who was in Much Ado About Nothing 1994 (as Beatrice?)
with Kate Beckinsale (as Hero (though I had to look up her name in there)) who was in Emma 1997 (as Emma Woodhouse)
with Samantha Morton (as Harriet Smith) who was in Jane Eyre 1996 (as Jane Eyre)
with Gemma Jones (as Mrs. Fairfax) who was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as Mrs. Dashwood)
with Imelda Staunton!

#2
Actor Alun Armstrong was in Bleak House 2005 (as Mr. Bucket (any relation to Hyacinth? hehe!))
with Carrey Mulligan (as Ada Clare) who was in Northanger Abbey 2007 (as Isabella Thorpe)
with Sylvestra Le Touzel (as Mrs. Allen) who was in Amazing Grace (as Marianne Thornton)
with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner (later Wilberforce)) who was in Daniel Deronda (as Gwendolen Harleth (later Grandcourt))
with Hugh Bonneville (as Mr. Grandcourt) who was in Downton Abbey (as Robert Crawley)
with Brenden Coyle (as John Bates) who was in North and South 2004 (as Nicholas Higgins)
with Anna Maxwell Martin (as Bessie Higgins) who was in Bleak House 2005 (as Esther Summerson)
with Alun Armstrong!

I had fun doing these puzzles!

Jillian B said...

Degrees of Separation Puzzle #1:
Actress Imelda Staunton was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as Charlotte Jennings Palmer)
with Emma Thompson (as Elinor Dashwood) who was in Much Ado About Nothing 1994 (as Beatrice)
with Kate Beckinsale (as Hero ) who was in Emma 1997 (as Emma)
with David Grant (as Mr.Woodhouse) who was in Jane Eyre 1996 (as Mr.Brockelhurst)
with Gemma Jones (as Mrs Fairfax) who was in Sense & Sensibility 1995 (as Mrs Daswhood)
with Imelda Staunton!


Degrees of Separation Puzzle #2:
Actor Alun Armstrong was in Bleak House 2005 (as Constable Bucket)
with Carey Mulligan (as Ada Clare) who was in Northanger Abbey 2007 (as Isabella Thorpe)
with Sylvestra Le Touzel (as Mrs Allen) who was in Amazing Grace (as Marianne Thornton)
with Romola Garai (as Barbara Spooner Wilberforce) who was in Daniel Deronda (as Gwendolen Harleth)
with Hugh Bonneville (as Henleigh Grandcourt) who was in Downton Abbey (as Lord Grantham)
with Brendan Coyle(as Bates) who was in North and South 2004 (as Nicolas Higgins)
with Anna Maxwell Martin(as Bessy Higgins) who was in Bleak House 2005 (as Esther Summerson)
with Alun Armstrong!


That was fun.
Thanks!

Scullery Maid said...

as Charlotte Jennings Palmer with Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood and as Beatrice with Kate Beckinsale as ? and as Emma...

#2 as Inspector Bucket with Carey Mulligan as Ada Clair and Isabella Thorpe with Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs. Allen and Marianne Thornton with Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner and Gwendolen Harleth with Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Grandcourt and Mr. Crawley with Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates and Mr. Higgins with Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins and Esther Summerson with Alun Armstrong

birdienl said...

I love these kind of games! I pointed out which answers I looked up at IMDB, so maybe you should not count that points, but I wanted to have the whole riddle filled!

Actress Imelda Staunton was in S&S 95 as Mrs. Palmer (IMDB) with Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood, who was in Much Ado About Nothing with Kate Beckinsale as Hero, who was in Emma 1997 as Emma Woodhouse with Samantha Morton as Harriet Smith, who was in Jane Eyre 1996 as Jane Eyre with Gemma Jones (IMDB) as Mrs. Fairfax (IMDB), who was in S&S 95 as Mrs. Dashwood


Actor Alun Armstrong was in Bleak House 2005 as Inspector Bucket, with Carey Mulligan as Ada Clare who was in Northanger Abbey 2007 as Isabella Thorpe, with Silvestra LaTouzel as Mrs. Allen (IMDB), who was in Amazing Grace as Marianne Thornton (IMDB), with Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner (IMDB), who was in Daniel Deronda as Gwendolyn Harleth, with Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Grandcourt, who was in Downton Abbey as Lord Robert Grantham, with Brendan Coyle (IMDB) as Mr. Bates, who was in North and South as Nicholas Higgins, with Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins, who was in Bleak House 2005 as Esther Summerson.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody,
All of your answers were correct.
I'm having trouble coming up with the maximum score I originally stated. Your score is 39 points.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Miss Elizabeth,
All of your answers were correct. Your score is 42 points!

Your comment about Hyacinth Bucket MMG (made me giggle)! heehee :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Jillian B,
All of your answers were correct except for David Grant.
Your score is 38 points. Thanks for playing! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Scullery Maid,
All of your answers were correct. Your score is 34 points.
If you have any more guesses for puzzle #1 feel free to guess again.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

birdienl,
All of your answers were correct. I didn't count the answers you had to look up, your score is 33 points.
I'm glad you enjoyed the game, thanks for playing! :)

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