ByHeather Snowden, writer at
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Heather Snowden

On a dark and stormy evening 22 years ago, the gates of Misselthwait Mannor were reluctantly opened to Mary Lennox and her two little ivory elephants. Orphaned and alone after her parents' tragic death, she was taken in by her depressed uncle, terrifying house-keeper, and bed-ridden cousin, and then left to fend for herself in a huge countryside mansion. It was quite the party.

"My name is Mary Lennox. I was born in India. It was hot, and strange, and lonely in India. I didn't like it. Nobody but my servant, my ayah, looked after me. My parents didn't want me. My mother cared only to go to parties. And my father was busy with his military duties. I was never allowed to go to the parties. I watched them from my mother's bedroom window. I was angry, but I never cried. I didn't know how to cry."

However, The Secret Garden wasn't all doom and gloom. In fact, it's a charming tale of the power of hope and imagination. After being led to the door of a secret garden on the grounds of her uncle's mansion by a very helpful red robin, Mary befriends Dickon, the gardener, and together they work to bring the garden back to life, changing the lives around them in the process.

And this scene! What a weeper!

Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and released in 1993, it's been 22 years since The Secret Garden the movie entered our lives. Check out what the cast have been up to since!

Kate Maberly - Mary Lennox

What she's been doing since: Gulliver's Travels, Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, Finding Neverland, Like Minds, Popcorn, Boogeyman 3, The Booth at the End, Rites of Passage, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X and Standing Up.

Heydon Prowse - Colin Craven

What he's been doing since: Heydon has dipped his fingers in multiple pies since playing the sour little Colin Craven. He directed the series The Revolution Will Be Televised, was editor of an alternative art and culture magazine, oh and he changed his name to Michael Green and is now a UK Green Party activist.

Andrew Knott - Dickon

What he's been doing since: Post Secret Garden, Andrew has mostly made UK TV appearances, such as: Coronation Street, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, The Bill, Life on Mars, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Spooks: Code 9, Gavin & Stacey, Waterloo Road, Black Mirror and Casualty. His most notable films to date have been Black Beauty and The History Boys.

Maggie Smith - Mrs. Medlock

What she's been doing since: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ladies in Lavender, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Keeping Mum, Becoming Jane, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Nanny McPhee Returns, Gnomeo & Juliet, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

... she's killing it, basically.

John Lynch - Lord Archibald Craven

What he's been doing since: Sliding Doors, Bleak House, The Passion, Silent Witness, Black Death, Merlin, The Jury, The Hybrid, The Musketeers, Shetland, The Assets, The Fall and Killing Jesus.

Laura Crossley - Martha

What she's been doing since: Like Knott, Laura Crossley has gone on to be quite big in the UK TV Soap game, with appearances in: Hollyoaks, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, A Touch of Frost, Where the Heart Is, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, Casualty, The Bill, Silent Witness, Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

"The spell was broken. My uncle learned to laugh, and I learned to cry. The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."


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