0100807: Keira Knightley Returns to Chatsworth

Actress Keira Knightley, who donned romantic Regency era gowns while filming scenes from 2005’s cinematic retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” at Chatsworth House, once again roamed the halls of the regal residence in 18th century attire as cameras rolled October 1 – 8, 2007 on the upcoming period piece “The Duchess.” Portraying Lady Georgiana Spencer, who would marry the 5th Duke of Devonshire (played in the movie by Academy Award-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes), Ms. Knightley bears a striking resemblance to the former lady of the manor, whose haunting image, captured for eternity in a Gainsborough portrait, is a silent witness as tourists walk through the mansion’s state rooms on self-guided tours.

While a few scenes were filmed inside Chatsworth, the actress had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the woman she portrays on the estate’s 105-acre garden as well. Open to the public each year from March through December, visitors can unravel the mystery of the yew maze, stare into the stone eyes of Pan, Samson and Flora statues and marvel at the Emperor fountain, the tallest gravity-fed waterwork in the world.

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