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Cast

Series cast summary:
Natasha Little ...
 Becky Sharp (6 episodes, 1998)
Frances Grey ...
 Amelia Sedley (6 episodes, 1998)
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 William Dobbin (6 episodes, 1998)
David Ross ...
 Mr. Sedley (6 episodes, 1998)
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 Rawdon Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Pitt Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Bute Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Mrs. Sedley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Jos Sedley (4 episodes, 1998)
Tom Ward ...
 George Osborne (4 episodes, 1998)
Frances Tomelty ...
 Mrs. O'Dowd (4 episodes, 1998)
Stephen Frost ...
 Bute Crawley (4 episodes, 1998)
Mark Lambert ...
 Major O'Dowd (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. John Osborne (4 episodes, 1998)
Janet Dale ...
 Miss Briggs (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Jane Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Miss Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Jane Osborne (3 episodes, 1998)
Robert Cole ...
 Little Rawdon (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Sir Pitt Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Bareacres (3 episodes, 1998)
Daniel Hart ...
 Ensign Stubble (3 episodes, 1998)
Zohren Weiss ...
 Little Georgy (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lord Steyne (3 episodes, 1998)
John Surman ...
 Horrocks (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lord Bareacres (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Blanche (3 episodes, 1998)
Bryan Pringle ...
 Raggles (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Moss (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Wenham (2 episodes, 1998)
Sara Powell ...
 Miss Swartz (2 episodes, 1998)
Felix Dexter ...
 Samuel (2 episodes, 1998)
Paul Bigley ...
 Isidor (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Crawley (2 episodes, 1998)
Casey O'Connor ...
 Little Violet (2 episodes, 1998)
Zoe Chester ...
 Little Rose (2 episodes, 1998)
Pom Boyd ...
 Glorvina O'Dowd (2 episodes, 1998)
Vicki Pepperdine ...
 Ann Dobbin (2 episodes, 1998)
Windsor Davies ...
 General Tufto (2 episodes, 1998)
Bill Thomas ...
 Mr. Chopper (2 episodes, 1998)
Martin Hodgson ...
 Ensign Spooney (2 episodes, 1998)
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the backdrop of Regency England & in continental Europe during the Napoleonic War. Written by Jonnie Heldreich

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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24 October 1999 (USA)  »

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A Feira das Vaidades  »

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Trivia

The green striped gown with velvet Spencer jacket Vicki Pepperdine (Ann Dobbin) wears in the park is the same costume previously worn by Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) at Netherfield Hall in Pride and Prejudice (1995). The outfit was also worn by Julia Davis (Elizabeth Elliot) in Persuasion (2007), and by an extra at the London party where Byron meets Annabella Milbanke in Byron (2003). The Spencer also appears, without the striped gown, in Little Dorrit (2008), worn by Emma Pierson as Fanny Dorrit. See more »

Quotes

Becky Sharp: I'm afraid I will have to charge you rather a lot. My horses are all I own in the world, you know.
Joss Sedley: Money is no object to me, ma'am.
Becky Sharp: That's good. Six hundred pounds.
[Jos is taken aback, but promptly reaches for his pocketbook.]
Becky Sharp: Each.
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The Last Rose of Summer
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By Thomas Moore
Performed by Pom Boyd
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Wonderful movie, and very faithful to the book!
9 January 2001 | by (Dresden, Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this version of "Vanity Fair" when A&E premiered it in 1998, and I was totally captivated. I had not, at that time, read the book, so I was happily tugged along by every twist and turn of this delightful tale. The acting is outstanding on all accounts, the writing is solid, and Thackeray's story is timeless.

Now I am finally getting 'round to reading the book, and I am amazed by how faithful this mini-series is to the original work. Though I usually am frustrated by the liberties that are taken with great literature, and I believe that one should always "read the book" before taking in someone else's interpretation of it, this is a case where having "seen the movie" makes it even more fun to read the book.

Becky Sharp, Emmy Sedley, and especially Captain Dobbins (Philip Glenister really shines) are vividly portrayed -- as are all of the characters. This is a real page-turner of a story, and A&E has done it justice. In either order, read the book and watch the movie. You'll have great fun!


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