In Pride and Prejudice (or Pride & Prejudice if you will), there’s something about Charlotte Lucas.  I’m not saying she’s full on 19th century gay, but I’m saying there’s potential.  The only person she seems to have any affection for at all is Lizzie.  Upon telling Lizzie of her bummer of an engagement, she says, “Not all of us can afford to be romantic.”  Maybe Jane Austen meant because she’s – as Mrs. Bennet says –“plain”, but who’s to say she didn’t intend to plant a little gay seed there?  Also, in the Joe Wright film, when Lizzie says some typically disparaging things about men at a ball, Jane remarks, “One of these days, Lizzie, someone will catch your eye.”  To which Charlotte throws the biggest heart eyes I’ve ever seen in Lizzie’s direction.  Not sure if that was the director’s decision or the actress’s, but someone on that set thought Charlotte was gay for Lizzie.  

“I´ve been wanting to work with Claudie Blakley for a long time. A very good theater actress as well. I always felt guilty, she is quite handsome, she´s a good-looking woman. So I felt bad about casting her as "the ugly one”, supposedly, when she´s not particularly ugly. And I promised her that I´ll cast her as “not-so-ugly” person in the future.“

(Joe Wright, Director)