This doll is rather special to me. I ordered her at a time when I knew nothing about North an South! I just liked the sculpt. I thought she looked rather like Cosette in the recent Les Miserables film-musical (which I love on stage and now I am very impressed by the screen version!). But then I watched the BBC North and South mini-series 2004 and fell in love with the story and the main characters. And at once I realized that Iplehouse nYID Audrey looks very much like Margaret Hale as played by Daniella Denby-Ashe!
So, I sent Cristy Stone many photographs of Margaret Hale from the film. And here she is, MY Margaret! I think Cristy did a fantastic job on her. Even though the chin of the doll is not like that of the actress she does look like Margaret to me! Cristy also pierced her ears which I love!
For those, who don’t know… Margaret Hale is 19 and she lives in 1851. She has recently moved with her parents from the south of England (beautiful Helstone in Hampshire) to the northern manufacturing town Milton (supposed to be Manchester, but in the film it was shot in Edinburgh). Her mother is a lady and her father was a parson until the move. Margaret doesn’t like the northern ways and is constantly arguing about them with her father’s favourite student, the Master of Marlborough Mills, John Thornton…
I haven’t got a dress for Margaret, so I had to improvise with a scarf to be able to take some portraits of her. I hope to make her the first dress soon enough!
Bonus – an experiment with the final scene from the film (of course, I will re-create it again when I make the right outfits for them!).
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