Cast

Based on the book by English biographer Amanda Foreman, the 18th century Duchess was played by Keira Knightley, with Ralph Fiennes as the Duke. It also starred Charlotte Rampling.

Duchess Georgiana

Georgiana was a source of inspiration in political campaigning, fashion and collecting. She was an early enthusiast of mineral collecting (her collection remains at Chatsworth today). She was also a friend of Marie Antoinette (1755–1793), and as a result promoted French tastes in art, dress and furniture in England.

William Cavendish Spencer

Her son William Cavendish Spencer, or 'Hart' as he was known, became the 6th Duke of Devonshire, and he added vastly to the collection at Chatsworth. His innovative thinking and partnership with Joseph Paxton developed many of Chatsworth's features that we still enjoy today.

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