Which Bennet Sister Is Having the Best Post-'Pride and Prejudice' Career?

My, How the Bennet Sisters Have Grown
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Nearly a decade after Keira Knightley's Lizzie bewitched her Mr. Darcy, the Bennet girls are doing all right. More than all right, actually. Looking back on their eager, bright-eyed faces, it's almost hard to believe these current stars ever shared one couch, let alone one movie.
 
Their joint success certainly isn't the norm. Just take BBC's beloved (and arguably superior) adaptation for example: Jennifer Ehle continues to nab buzzy roles, most recently in 50 Shades of Grey, but her other Bennets are more or less out of the mainstream spotlight. Not so with Knightley's onscreen sisters. Carey Mulligan, Jena Malone, and Rosamund Pike are close to meeting — if not exceeding — Knightley's star power. Check back in with each actress before letting us know who your favorite is in the comments!


Lydia Bennet (Jena Malone)
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Malone's been working steadily in Hollywood since 1996, so if there was any Bennet who could nail the longevity thing, it'd be her. But now the 29-year-old actress is hotter than ever, thanks to a juicy role in The Hunger Games series. She stole scenes as the tempestuous Johanna Mason in last year's Catching Fire, and she'll be back for both Mockingjay installments. And if that weren't enough, Malone has also reportedly landed the role of Batman's crime-fighting sidekick Robin in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Lydia would be so proud — or so jealous.

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Jane Bennet (Rosamund Pike)
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She was a Bond girl before she was a Bennet girl, but now Pike has a new buzzy claim to fame: Oscar contender. The English actress nabbed the coveted role of Amy Elliott-Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of best-selling thriller Gone Girl, and reviewers praised Pike's adept and complex performance. The evolution from Jane to Amy kind of makes perfect sense — after all, Jane was such a "cool girl," but in like a Regency Era way. (No? Well, we tried.)

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Kitty Bennet (Carey Mulligan)
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Pride and Prejudice was Mulligan's very first film. She auditioned for the role while working as a barmaid, and now she's one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Mulligan picked up an Academy Award nomination for her outstanding lead performance in An Education, and she's since continued to steal scenes, hearts, and acting accolades (well, she earns the accolades) in The Great GatsbyNever Let Me GoShameDrive, and Inside Llewyn Davis. Next up, she will appear in Far From the Maddening Crowd and Suffragette, opposite Meryl Streep.

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Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley)
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While all of the Bennet sisters shined, Lizzie was, of course, the star. Already famous after a breakout performance in Bend It Like Beckham, Knightley's turn as Jane Austen's heroine only solidified her A-list status, especially after the role earned her an Oscar nomination. But has Knightley's post-Lizzie career lived up to its full promise? Her bewitching performance in Atonement was followed up by a string of slightly forgettable roles, but take heart, Knightley fans! She'll appear opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the much-anticipated The Imitation Game. And let's be honest, as long as Knightley wants work, she'll have it. It's just a matter of picking the right projects. 

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Mary Bennet (Talulah Riley)
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Okay, no, Talulah Riley is not a household name, unlike her remarkably successful onscreen sisters. But have you heard of Elon Musk? If you care about electric cars or space or billionaires, then the answer should be yes. Riley's acting career hasn't necessarily taken off post-Pride and Prejudice, but she did find the rich love of her life in a turn of events (we assume) Austen herself could've been proud of. The English actress married inventor/scientist/entrepreneur Musk in 2010, and while they reportedly sought a divorce in 2012, they're happily reconciled now. Oh, and she did play an unnamed nurse in Thor: Dark World and an unnamed blonde in Inception, so we've got hope for this Bennet's slow and steady comeback to the big screen.

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So which former Bennet sister do you think is having the best post-Pride and Prejudice career? Let us know in the comments!
I am a former Senior Associate Editor for Livingly Media.
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