Little Dorrit has been adapted for the screen five times. The first three productions were in 1913, 1920, and 1934. The 1934 German adaptation, Kleine Dorrit, starred Anny Ondra as Little Dorrit and Mathias Wieman as Arthur Clennam. It was directed by Karel Lamač. The fourth adaptation, in 1988, was a UK feature film of the same title as the novel, directed by Christine Edzard and starring Alec Guinness as William Dorrit and Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam, supported by a cast of over three hundred British actors.
The fifth adaptation was a TV series co-produced by the BBC and WGBH Boston, written by Andrew Davies and featuring Claire Foy (as Little Dorrit), Freema Agyeman (as Tattycoram), Bill Paterson (as Mr Meagles), Andy Serkis (as Rigaud/Blandois), Matthew Macfadyen (as Arthur Clennam), Tom Courtenay (as William Dorrit), Judy Parfitt (as Mrs Clennam), Arthur Darvill (as Edward 'Tip' Dorrit), Eddie Marsan as Pancks, Russell Tovey (as John Chivery), Janine Duvitski (as Mrs Meagles), James Fleet (as Frederick Dorrit), Ruth Jones (as Flora Finching), Eve Myles (as Maggy Plornish), Ron Cook (as Mr. Chivery) Anton Lesser (as Mr Merdle), Alun Armstrong (as Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch), Sue Johnston (as Affery Flintwinch), Emma Pierson (as Fanny Dorrit), Robert Hardy (as Tite Barnacle), John Alderton (as Mr Casby), Amanda Redman (as Mrs Merdle). The series aired between October and December 2008 in the UK, in the USA on PBS's Masterpiece in April 2009, and in Australia, on ABC1 TV, in June and July 2010.
In 2001 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a radio adaptation of five hour-long episodes, starring Sir Ian McKellen as the narrator.
Little Dorrit formed the backdrop to Peter Ackroyd's debut novel, The Great Fire of London (1982).