Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark – Pilot Only – Recast for Series

Jennifer Ehle

Jennifer Ehle

Ok the first piece of the casting for Game of Thrones which I have just thought is wrong, im not a casting director so I may have this really wrong, I also have nothing against Jennifer Ehle who is a very fine actress, but she just the seems the wrong person for the role.

I find Catelyn Stark a very strong sometimes spiky woman in the books, a go getter and a doer, and from the roles she has played and the pictures I have seen Jennifer juts does engender that kind of feel in me. In short she comes across too soft. May I even say a little ‘Bridget Jonesy’.

She is best known for her lead role as Elizabeth Bennetin the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice in which she plays and won a BAFTA award for the performance, and this possibly the reason why I think she is the wrong choice for Catelyn Stark.

Jennifer Ehle was born on the 29th December 1969, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. She is the daughter of novelist John Ehle and actress Rosemary Harris. Born in North Carolina, Jennifer changed schools 18 times growing up in order to follow her mother’s frequent moves as an actress.

She studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, but she left in her final term when Sir Peter Hall offered her a leading role in Channel 4′s production of The Camomile Lawn (with her mother playing her character aged).

Jennifers first movie role was as Cynthia Powell (John Lennon’s first wife) in 1993′s Backbeat, a film that I really did enjoy and never got the commercial success it deserved.

Jennifer Ehle

Jennifer Ehle

It was the next year when she took the lead in Pride and Prejudice that he career really took off and she has not really lacked work since.  She has been involved in 15 films since that point, particular highlights for me being  Wilde and Paradise Road.

When Jennifer has really shone though is in the theatre. Where she was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Annie in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, and also for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for the same role.

Jennifer Ehle has dated the actors Toby Stephens, from The Camomile Lawn, and Colin Firth, Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. She is now married to the writer Michael Ryan and they have two children, George and Talulah, Whom I presume she had between 2001 and 2003 due to the gap in here acting schedule. The family currently reside in upstate New York.

As I have said im not convinced about this piece of casting, but I am unfamiliar with much of Jennifer’s screen work and all of her theatre work. She is obviously a very talented actress and I hope she can prove me wrong and shine in this role.

Filmography

  • The King’s Speech (2010) as Myrtle Logue
  • Pride and Glory (2008) as Abby Tierney
  • The Russell Girl (2008) as Lorraine Morrissey
  • Before the Rains as Laura (2008) (Malayalam Film – India)
  • Alpha Male (2006) as Alice Ferris
  • Melissa (2006)as Melissa
  • The River King (2005) as Betsy Chase
  • Possession (2002) as Christabel LaMotte
  • Sunshine (1999) as Valerie Sonnenschein
  • This Year’s Love (1999) as Sophie
  • Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) as Sally
  • Paradise Road (1997) as Rosemary Leighton-Jones
  • Wilde (1997) as Constance Lloyd Wilde
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995) as Elizabeth Bennet
  • Backbeat (1994) as Cynthia Powell
  • The Camomile Lawn (1992) as Young Calypso