Man Candy Monday: Toby Stephens


I’ve had the hots for Toby Stephens since accidentally discovering the amazing film Photographing Fairies in the mid-90s. This man can smolder like no other. I can only chalk it up to the fact that he’s the product of the union between Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens, which is certainly great acting pedigree. Also, great genes, because DAMN. I don’t usually go for the fair haired guys, but for Toby, I’ll make an exception.

So, let’s revisit some of Toby’s greatest costume flick roles:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) – Gilbert Markham

Bonus Rupert Graves!

Bonus Rupert Graves! And some chick

Get it hereThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall


Twelfth Night (1996) – Duke Orsino

If music be the food of love, play on... Preferably sans clothing.

That nose. So perfect and aristocratic.

Get it here Twelfth Night: Or What You Will


Photographing Fairies (1997) – Charles Castle

The pain, the angst, that thousand yard stare... *bites knuckles*

The pain, the angst, that thousand yard stare… *bites knuckles*

The chest fuzz! I want to pet it!

The chest fuzz! I want to pet it!

Get it here Photographing Fairies


Napoléon (2002) – Tsar Alexander I

How YOU doin'?

How YOU doin’?

Get it here Napoleon [DVD] (2002)


Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) – Captain William Gordon

This  film is high on my list of must watch movies, especially since it stars Amir Khan, aka the sexiest man on the planet.

The freckles! I can’t handle it!

Get it here The Mangal Pandey: The Rising

Jane Eyre (2006) – Mr. Rochester

Awww yissss, Mr. Rochester.

Ungh. Want.

I don't know if it's possible to get more Byronic.

I don’t know if it’s possible to get more Byronic.

Get it here Masterpiece Theatre: The Bronte Collection (Jane Eyre / Wuthering Heights)

Black Sails (2014 – ) – Captain Flint

I am such a sucker for a man in an 18th century naval uniform.

I am such a sucker for a man in an 18th century naval uniform.

And he's not afraid to get down and dirty, too!

And he’s not afraid to get down and dirty, too!

Get it here Black Sails: Season 1




Do you have a favorite Toby Stephens film that we didn’t include here? Let us know in the comments!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

5 Responses

  1. clara

    Damn son you is extremely fine.
    Also, there’s an adaptation of my favourite Brönte novel? And he plays Gilbert? And Rupert Graves plays Arthur? And the always delectable James Purefoy plays Frederick? I NEED THIS I NEED THIS I NEED THIS MORE THAN AIR.
    (Though Tara Fitzgerald as Helen doesn’t really fit as the image I had of Helen. Prolly that’ll change when I actually watch it)

  2. Sarah F

    Such a fine specimen. I’d already been a fan- then I saw the Masterpiece Theater add for Jane Eyre. “Toby Stephens as Rochester?! PUT IT IN MY EYEBALLS!” He’s been my favorite Rochester ever since.

  3. Martina

    Ughhhh Captain Flint deserves a whole separate article. Too hot, hot damn.