Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist in the 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She is often referred to as Eliza or Lizzy by her friends and family. Elizabeth is the second child in a family of five daughters. Though the circumstances of the time and environment push her to seek a marriage of convenience for economic security, Elizabeth wishes to marry for love.
Elizabeth is regarded as the most admirable and endearing of Austen's heroines. She is considered one of the most beloved characters in British literature because of her complexity. Austen herself described Lizzy as "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print."
Elizabeth has appeared on television and film portrayed by different actresses, most notably by Jennifer Ehle in the BBC's 1996 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, by Keira Knightley in the 2005 film adaptation, and by Lily James in the 2015 blockbuster mashup based on the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.