Jane Austen was an author whose novels drew on the English privileged classes of society. Her work documented and satirized the mores and shifting values of her day, as the country transitioned from the 18th to the 19th century. Because of the status of female authors of the time, her works were often published anonymously, but her name has since garnered great fame and notoriety. Her most popular works, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma, have been adapted multiple times for film and television.
In addition to Winslet, several actors in Austen adaptations have also appeared in Muppet/Creature Shop projects.