Nov 7, 2011
Miss Havisham, the eccentric spinster from Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations, is often played as an old lady, but that wasn’t how Dickens wrote her.
Although she has often been portrayed in film versions as very elderly, Dickens’s own notes indicate that she is only in her mid-fifties. However, it is also indicated that her long life away from the sunlight has in itself aged her, and she is said to look like a cross between a waxwork and a skeleton, with moving eyes.
By that description, Helena Bonham Carter seems to be the perfect fit. Here’s a first look at her as Miss Havisham in Mike Newell’s upcoming adaptation of the Dickens classic.
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