- Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham in the latest BBC adaption of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
Miss Havisham - with her white matted hair and wedding feast table preserved in cobwebs - has been played by older actresses in previous major incarnations.
The stark transformation of Holdenby House will appear as the home of spinster Miss Havisham for BBC One’s adaption of the Charles Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations, featuring Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson.
Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.
HBC can do NO WRONG as far as I’m concerned.
The first photos of Bonham Carter in the role were released today, and sure enough, her wide eyes and silky, rag-doll wedding gown epitomize Dickens’s spinster, who, thirty some years after her break-up, still refuses to change clothes.
"The cream-coloured shroud covered Gaga’s face, reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ forlorn character Miss Havisham."
With two new versions of the classic tale in the pipelines, James Walton wonders if their makers will have more courage than Dickens himself.