Can You Match the Actor or Actress to the Famous Literary Character They Played?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

Some of the film industry's best works have come from books, short stories and poems written by some extremely popular and not so popular authors and writers. For almost a century, these books have been adapted where we, the audience, get to see some of our beloved characters come to life.

The lists of the best book to film adaptations include: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton which was directed by Martin Scorsese, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and directed by Robert Mulligan, Brokeback Mountain by Anne Proulx which was directed by Ang Lee and The Lord of The Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein which was directed by Peter Jackson. 

Did these actors do a good job portraying some of our favorite literary characters? Do you think there was another actor/actress out there who would have done a better job? Or do you believe that great novels should remain just that, a great novel? 

Take this quiz to see if you can identify these actors and actresses and the characters they played in the movie. Will you be able to get them all right? Only one way to find out!

Elizabeth Bennet was a character from the Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, which was published in 1813. The movie adaptation was released in 2005 and the role was played by English actress Keira Knightley.

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective from a novel called A Study in Scarlet and a series of short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The character has been portrayed in more than 200 movies, but the 2009 and 2011 versions were portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.

Alice in Wonderland, or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a novel written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1865. In 2010, director Tim Burton brought the previous Disney animated film to the big screen where actress Mia Wasikowska portrayed the lead character, Alice.

Lolita is a 1955 novel written by author Vladimir Nabokov that was adapted into a movie in 1997. The lead character, Dolores “Lolita” Haze, was portrayed by American actress Dominique Swain.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s novel written by English author Roald Dahl that was published in 1964. The book was first adapted to a film in 1971 where actor Gene Wilder portrayed Willy Wonka, then in 2005 by Johnny Depp.

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, better known as Hamlet, is one of Shakespeare's tragedies which was written between 1599 and 1603. One of the novel's film adaptations was in 1996 where the role of Hamlet was played by Kenneth Branagh, who was also the director.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about star-crossed lovers written by William Shakespeare. The popular novel has been adapted into many films and television shows but the most memorable is perhaps the 1996 version where Leonardo DiCaprio played the role of Romeo Montague.

The Lord of the Rings is a best-selling fantasy book series written by author J.R.R. Tolkien between 1937 and 1949. Throughout the movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson from 2001 to 2003, Samwise Gamgee was played by American actor Sean Astin.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is a novel which was written by author Mary Shelly and published in 1818. The book has been adapted into several movies and television series but the most memorable was in 1931 when Colin Clive portrayed the scientist and later reprised the role in "Bride of Frankenstein" in 1935.

Misery is an award winning 1987 thriller novel written by author Stephen King. Less than four years later, in 1990, it was adapted into a film where actress Kathy Bates portrayed the iconic villain, Annie Marie Wilkes.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel which was written by author L. Frank Baum and published in 1900. Just two years later, it was adapted into a Broadway musical, and almost 40 years later, the musical film was released with actress Judy Garland portraying the role of Dorothy Gale.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies which was written between 1603 and 1607. In 2015, the tragedy was adapted to a film where Michael Fassbender starred as Macbeth and actress Marion Cotillard starred as Lady Macbeth.

Anna Karenina is a novel written by Leo Tolstoy and published in a series of installments from 1873 to 1877. Since its release, it has been adapted into films and television series more than 20 times, one of which was in 2012 where actress Keira Knightley took on the role of the Russian Aristocrat.

Jane Eyre is a 1847 book written by English writer Charlotte Bronte under the pen name “Current Bell." In 2011, it was adapted into a romance film where actress Mia Wasikowska played the leading role.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. In 1962 the book was made into a movie where Gregory Peck played the role of lawyer Atticus Finch.

A Song of Ice and Fire is a fantasy series written by George R.R. Martin. In 2011, HBO adapted the series into a television show where English actress Maise Williams portrays one of the main characters, Arya Stark.

Little Women was written by Louisa May Alcott and was published in two volumes, first in 1868, then the following year. The book was made into a movie in 1949 where actress June Allyson played Josephine “Jo” March. In 1994, it was remade with Winona Ryder as Jo March.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1890 novel which was written by Oscar Wilde and published in the Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. In 2009, it was adapted into the fantasy-horror film, "Dorian Gray." The role of the lead character was played by actor Ben Barnes.

Gone with the Wind was written by American writer Margaret Mitchelle and published in 1936. The novel was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1939 with Vivien Leigh starring as Scarlett O’Hara.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is novel written by Ken Kesey in 1962. The best-selling novel was adapted into a film with the same name in 1975, where actor Jack Nicholson played the role of Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy.

Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel written by American novelist Winston Groom which was adapted into a 1994 drama film with the same name. Actor Tom Hanks played the part of Forrest Gump, a role which won him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

The James Bond book series was written by British author and former naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming. In the first five film adaptations ("Dr. No," "From Russia with Love," "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," and "You Only Live Twice") the role of James Bond was played by British actor Sean Connery.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain and published in 1884. The book has been adapted into several television series, Broadway musicals and films, one of which was in 1993 where Elijah Wood starred as the lead character, Huckleberry Finn.

The Millennium book series was written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson and includes books like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. The first of the books was adapted into a movie where actress Rooney Mara starred as Lisbeth Salander.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella which was written by Truman Capote and published in 1958. The first adaption was in 1961 and starred actress Audrey Hepburn as the lead character, Holly Golightly.

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells and published in 1897. The movie was released in 1933 and was one of the most successful horror movies of its decade. It starred actor Claude Rains as Dr. Jack Griffin/The Invisible Man.

The Book Thief is a historical novel written by Australian author Markus Zusak and published in 2005. The film adaptation was released in 2013 and starred actress Sophie Nelisse as Liesel Meminger.

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a young millionaire named James Gatsby. In 2013, the novel was adapted into a film with the same name where actress Carey Mulligan played the role of Daisy Buchanan, James’ love interest.

The Harry Potter books consist of a series of seven young adult novels which were written by British author J.K. Rowling with the first of the series being released in 1997. The first movie adaptation came out in 2001 and featured actress Emma Watson as the Muggle witch Hermione Granger.

Moby Dick, also known as The Whale, was written by Herman Melville and published in 1851. When it first came out, it wasn’t an immediate hit but after being listed as a Great American Novel in the 20th century, it became a best seller. In 1956, it was adapted into a film where Richard Basehart played the role of Ishmael.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story which was written by Washington Irving and can be found in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The book has been adapted several times one of which includes Sleepy Hollow, where actor Johnny Depp played the role of Ichabod Crane.

The Dark Tower is a dark fantasy series of books written by Stephen King published between 1998 and 2004. The role of the gunslinger Roland Deschain was taken on by British actor Idris Elba.

The Help is a drama novel written by author Kathryn Stocket in 2009. The book was adapted into a movie in 2011, where award- winning actress Viola Davis played the role of the maid, Aibileen Clark.

Dark Materials is a fantasy trilogy written by Phillip Pullman about two children who wander through different universes. In 2007, the book was adapted into a movie called “The Golden Compass” where actress Dakota Blue Richards played the role of one of the children, Lyra Belacqua.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy novel written by John le Carre and published in 1974. The book is just one of many following an aging spymaster named George Smiley, which was brought to the big screen in 2011 with Gary Oldman playing the part.

Tarzan of the Apes is the first in a series of novels written by American author Edgar Burroughs. After being adapted into a Disney film amongst several others, the latest movie, "The Legend of Tarzan," was released in 2016 where Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard took on the role of Tarzan.

Doctor Zhivago is a novel written by Russian author Boris Pasternak. It was published in 1957. In the 1965 film adaptation, Omar Sharif played the role of physician and poet, Dr. Yuri Zhivago.

The Color Purple is a 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by American author Alice Walker. In 1985, director Steven Spielberg adapted the novel into a film where actress Whoopi Goldberg starred as Celie Harris-Johnson.

The Princess Bride is a romance novel written by author William Goldman. It was published in 1973. In 1987, the book was adapted into a film where Cary Elwes played the roles of Westley, Dread Pirate Roberts and The Man in Black.

The Silver Linings Playbook is a novel which was written by American Author Matthew Quick and was later (2012) adapted into a comedy-drama film where actor Bradley Cooper took on the role of Patrizio “Pat” Solitano Jr.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novel written by author Stephen King from the Different Seasons series in 1982. In 1994, the book was adapted into a movie called “The Shawshank Redemption” where actor Tim Robbins starred as Andy Dunfresne.

Around the World in Eight Days is an adventure novel written by French author Jules Verne. The latest movie adaptation was in 2004 where actor Steve Coogan played the role of Phileas Fogg.

The Blade Runner is a science fiction novel written by American author Alan E. Nourse. It was published in 1974. William S. Burroughs wrote a novella based on the original book which was the basis of Ridley Scott’s film, "Blade Runner."​ The filmed starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard.

The Chronicles of Narnia is a children’s book series written by British author C.S. Lewis which has sold more than 100 million copies. The first of the series was called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and was converted into a movie in 2005 where actress Tilde Swinton played the role of the witch.

Peter Pan first appeared in The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie which was published in 1902. After being adapted into plays, animated and live action movies, the book was once again recreated in 2003 where actress Rachel Hurd-Wood played the role of the eldest Darling child, Wendy Darling.

Les Miserables is a historical novel written by French author Victor Hugo. It was first published in 1862. The novel has been adapted into several movies and Broadway films, the most popular of which was the 2012 Academy Award-winning film where Anne Hathaway starred as Fantine.

The Age of Innocence is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the 12th novel written by American novelist Edith Wharton. In 1993, the novel was adapted into a romance movie where Winona Ryder starred as the young Mary Welland.

The Silence of the Lambs is a novel in a series of books written by author Thomas Harris. In 1991, the novel was adapted into a film where American actress Jodi Foster played the role of FBI trainee Clarice Starling.

No Country for Old Men is a novel written by American author Cormac McCarthy and published in 2005. In 2007, the novel was adapted into a thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Spanish actor Javier Bardem played the role of Anton Chigurh.

True Grit is a 1968 novel written by American author Charles Portis. It was published in The Saturday Evening Post. Just one year after its release, the book was adapted into a Western film with the same name. John Wayne plated the role of Rooster Cogburn, a role which won him an Academy Award.

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