Trivia / Cranford

  • All-Star Cast: The cast list for this show is a veritable "Who's Who" of the best of the British acting world, including banner names like Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton, and Tom Hiddleston, and is rounded out by a host of beloved British character actors, including Jim Carter, Emma Fielding, Francesca Annis, Jodie Whittaker, Alistair Petrie, Julia Sawalha, Greg Wise, Michelle Dockery, and Lesley Sharp.
  • The Other Darrin: A character who appears only briefly at the end of the original miniseries but more extensively in the sequel is played by a different (easier to obtain) actor in the latter.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Husband and wife Jim Carter (Captain Brown) and Imelda Staunton (Octavia Pole), with their daughter Bessie Carter (Margaret Gidman).
    • Mother and daughter Judi Dench (Miss Matty Jenkyns) and Finty Williams (Mrs Clara Smith). Interestingly, Williams plays the mother of Miss Mary Smith, who lives with Dench's Miss Matty and becomes a surrogate daughter to her... don't think about it too hard.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: The pairing of Sir Charles Maulver/Erminia Whyte sprang into existence based upon a single scene of them dancing together at the end of Return to Cranford.