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Pride and Prejudice’s Jennifer Ehle shares her one piece of career advice for younger women


Forget Keira Knightley, Gemma Arterton and Lily James: for many people, Jennifer Ehle will always be the ultimate on-screen Elizabeth Bennet.

And while Ehle hasn’t courted celebrity since she played Lizzy Bennet in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (starring, of course, opposite Colin Firth’s legendary Mr Darcy), she has nevertheless enjoyed a steadily successful acting career. Her most recent film, the indie movie Little Men, received rave reviews – and she’s also appeared in blockbusters including Fifty Shades of Grey, Zero Dark Thirty and The King’s Speech.

Now, Ehle, 46, has shared her career advice for younger women – particularly those who might want to pursue a creative profession themselves. 

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It’s a piece of wisdom Ehle said she was taught by her mother, the Golden Globe-winning English actress Rosemary Harris.

“She would always say the happier you are, the better your work will be,” Ehle told the Telegraph. “It’s easy to think you must suffer and tie yourself in knots and be neurotic.”

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Despite turning down a role in Game of Thrones in order to spend more time with her family, Ehle added that she wants her children to understand that “it’s OK to love your work, to give nurturing and attention to that.”

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