Chris recently wrote an article of quotes from The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, and it got me thinking about the Narnia movies, and how well cast they were. So I did a little digging. Turns out the cast were a pretty interesting bunch.
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Let’s start with Skandar Keynes, who played brat-turned-reasonable human boy Edmund, the third of the Pevensie children and the one who falls under the spell of the White Witch. In fairness, I would also fall for anyone who gave me that much Turkish delight.
Turns out Skandar is the great-great-great grandson of none other than Charles Darwin. Keynes’ father Randall Keynes wrote a book entitled Annie’s Box: Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution, which dealt with the effect that Darwin’s daughter’s death had on the scientist. The 2009 film Creation was based on this book. Skandar retired from acting to attend Cambridge, and is now political adviser to Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who happens to be Emily Blunt’s uncle. What.
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Next is Anna Popplewell, who played second-oldest Pevensie child Susan. Popplewell also has interesting family connections, though somewhat less dramatic than Keynes. Popplewell’s younger sister, Lulu, is best known for her role as Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s daughter Daisy in the festive classic Love, Actually. She is best remembered for this exchange, in which she explains her upcoming role in the school nativity play:
LULU: “I’m first lobster!”
EMMA THOMPSON: “First lobster? There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?”
Their brother Freddie Popplewell starred as Michael Darling, the smallest Darling child in the live-action film Peter Pan. I told my sister that these three memorable children were related and she said she felt ashamed that we hadn’t noticed this before, since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Love, Actually and Peter Pan are family favorites. Now, after looking up all the Popplewell children, I see they do look very alike. I too feel ashamed, but still. Life goes on.
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Oldest and most self-righteous Pevensie child Peter was depicted by William Moseley who won the role after the casting director remembered him from an unsuccessful audition years previously. Moseley is currently in a relationship with Kelsey Asbille Chow, better known as Gigi Silveri from One Tree Hill. Moseley played Prince Liam on E!’s The Royals, a show which also featured Noah Huntley as Elizabeth Hurley’s lover. Huntley played the adult version of Peter in the Narnia films. Funny old world.
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And finally, adorable youngest child Lucy was portrayed by Georgie Henley. Henley later starred in a movie called Perfect Sisters, alongside Abigail Breslin. This film is about a very strange 2003 Canadian crime, involving two sisters, who, tired of their mother spending the family money on alcohol while the girls went without, decided to kill her. They successfully went through with their plan and were only caught because they confessed to the crime to some friends. They served nine and ten years in prison, respectively, but because they were only fourteen and fifteen at the time of the crime, their names were never released and their identities will remain a secret forever. Both girls are now free. The film received criticism for its depiction of the girls as sympathetic characters.
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