Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour,
This was a 1982 made for television production widely
regarded as one of the best cinematic recreations of Baroness
Orscy's character, even if it deviates somewhat from the
book. This series was singled out by many for the quality
of the acting. Andrews, at the time, was still basking in
the glory of having played an effete Sebastian in Brideshead
Revisited. He goes over the top in this role and is
perfectly foppish as Sir Percy. Of all the celluloid Pimpernels,
he was the dandiest. One of the highlights of the film is
the appearance of Sir Ian McKellen as Chauvelin.
Anthony Andrews plays the dandy perfectly.
Pictured here with Jane Seymour.
McKellen adds dimension to the role of Chauvelin.
is widely regarded as one of the finest screen and stage
actors working today.