Casting for “North and South” + Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was very lucky to win an eBook by Nicole Clarkston in a lovely blog, From Pemberley to Milton (you can also participate here on another giveaway of Nicole’s books on that blog until the 29th August). I was very eager to read that book as it would be my first North and South variation, I was enthusiastic and I have to say that Northern Rain did not disappoint me at all. How things changed for John and Margaret after a raining day!! I would like to direct you to my review in case you want to know a bit more about the book that you could win.

Talking to the author, Nicole Clarkston, she asked me if I would be interested on doing a giveaway and I accepted straightaway. However, what to do? I am normally only doing reviews and, although excited, I had not a clue of what to do in a post for a giveaway. Thankfully Nicole gave me a few ideas and I visited other blogs that I follow to see what people normally do. Even if the ideas were numerous, I ended up with the impossible: a casting to choose a new John Thornton and Margaret Hale!!

Please, stop cursing and throwing virtual stones at me!! I know that there is no one like Richard Armitage for the role of Mr. Thornton. I love his eyes, his stern look and his “Coming home with me?!” *sigh*


However, I would like to present you two possible actors to embody John Thornton and two actresses to play Margaret Hale if the film would consist only of a Spanish cast. As most of you know, I am Spanish so I am going to try to “convince” you that we can also have Spanish actors doing characters from English literature.  In addition, as you may not know these actors and actresses, you may not be biased or against them as it may happen if I go for a well-known person.

So, let’s introduce the possible cast:


I will start with the ladies that could play the role of Margaret Hale. I have to point out that it has been very difficult to choose two actresses for this role as I think Daniela Denby-Ashe portrays very well the attitude of Miss Hale.

My two options are Iris Lezcano and María Valverde. Both actresses have done TV and drama. From my point of view, María is better known in Spain as she has done more cinema than Iris. However, I know Iris better as she is a Valencian girl, like me, and she has been in a TV series that I love: L’Alqueria Blanca.

Here you have a couple of pictures for you to look at and vote for your Margaret Hale:



I believe this is the difficult part as Richard Armitage is the reference for almost any North and South fan. However, here I have: Álex Gadea and Miguel Ángel Silvestre. Both of them are also from my region and I would say that in different spheres, both of them are well-known in Spain. Both have done TV and drama but Miguel Ángel has done a bit more cinema than Álex.

Without any further ado, here you have a couple of pictures for you to decide:


You can check more information about these good-looking actors and actresses clicking on the links that I have embedded on their names. The sources of the pictures are at the bottom of the post. You may want to start following them and learn Spanish to follow their series or films, why not?!



We cannot forget that this post has what a lot of you are waiting for: a giveaway by Nicole Clarkson who is generously giving two ebooks of her last novel: Northern Rain.

northern rain    northern rainTo participate you just have to write a comment with your choice of Miss Hale and Mr. Thornton. Other comments or questions are more than welcome.

International giveaway. Open until the 1st of September at 12pm GTM. The winner will be announced on the 2nd September. Leave your email  adress on your comment following the example: anadarcy (at) email (dot) com

Sources of the pictures:

Richard Armitage – own print screen from the film

Iris Lezcano:  

María Valverde:    

Álex Gadea:      

Miguel Ángel Silvestre: 

Cover of Northern Rain –


9 thoughts on “Casting for “North and South” + Giveaway”

  1. So hard to make a decision….all of the actors are so very attractive. I guess I’d pick Maria Valverde as Margaret Hale and Miguel Angel Silvestre as Thornton.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’d love to win!

    Pamh5230 (at) yahoo (dot) com


  2. Well, since I cannot vote for RA (and I shall follow the rules for once), I believe my Thornton pick is Alex Gadea. Miguel is… Um… Ahem! Yes. He also has that iron in his expression which seems very suitable for the mill master Margaret first meets. I was surprised at myself when I picked Alex. His features are not as “perfect” (which I actually like, because too much perfection is just a little creepy). It’s his eyes, though, that catch my notice. They are so kind and expressive in these photos! John Thornton was described by Gaskell as being clearly a handsome, manly figure, but Margaret took a long time to notice that. Much of his attractiveness went beyond the physical- he was firm in his speech, authentic in his good humor, he was kind, and his gaze “eloquent.”

    As for Margaret, it’s tougher, but I think Iris gets my vote. She comes closer to capturing Margaret’s regal looks. Gaskell described her as having a “massive” chin (a euphemism for her strength of character, I believe), and she was mostly oblivious of her own beauty. She was earnest and serious throughout the book, and Iris has something of that look about her. Now, if we were casting Elizabeth Bennet, it would be Maria all the way. She has a playful look, I think she would be most enjoyable to watch! In curious what everyone else thinks!

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    1. I did not think about María for Elizabeth Bennet. It could be a good idea but my idea of EB is closer to Jennifer Ehle than to Keira Knigtley, I would need to see her with one of those lovely dresses first to be convinced 🙂


  3. Wow, I loved this post Ana, it was very original, congratulations!
    I would go for Iris Lezcano and Alex Gadea 🙂
    No need to add me to the giveaway as I already own a copy 🙂


  4. Hi Ana! Well this is really easy for me…. I’ve seen all these actors play different roles and I am sure the best options would be Alex Gadea and Iris Lezcano! Somehow both Miguel and Maria do not convince me for the roles of Mr. Thornton and Miss Hale. Alex and Iris are definitely more charming 😉


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