Ah period drama…love it and yes I accept that Jane Austen is a few years before Queen Victoria took the throne…but I love period drama!
Emma Woodhouse in this instance is played by a young Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), in fact the cast are quite familiar with Mark Strong (Green Lantern, John Carter, Robin Hood), Samantha Bond (James Bond, Downton Abbey) and many more.
‘Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma’s attitudes begin to soften.'(From IMDB)
Emma is actually a rather spoilt, annoying teenager and Beckinsale is great as her. It is well acted and worth a watch, much better than the Gwenyth Paltrow version which was released in the same year.