MCM: Douglas Booth

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Douglas Booth has been in a surprising number of historical costume movies & TV shows, given his youth. He’s 26, which to me seems like 12, so it’s extra scary that I think he’s SO PRETTY INSERT HEART-EYE EMOJIS. The pretty face combined with the strong jawline is such a great mix of delicate and manly, and his boy-band tousled hair… Yeah. He elicits awkward adolescent giggles in me. Let’s gaze, shall we?

From Time to Time (2009)

A children’s story turned TV movie about a 1940s kid who travels back in time to the previous century.

2009 From Time to Time

He can rock a cravat. I’m sold!

The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

Booth plays a young Prince Eustace, heir to the British throne, in this medieval-set miniseries adapted from a novel.

2010 The Pillars of the Earth

I’m not convinced that Justin Bieber hair was a thing in the 12th century, but you tell me.

Christopher And His Kind (2011)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is a gay British man living in 1930s Germany, Booth plays his lover.

Christopher And His Kind 2011

It’s the 1930s and we’re gay, of course we’re tortured!

Great Expectations (2011)

He plays Pip in yet another adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

2011 Great Expectations

I love that hat and the skirted shape on the coat.

2011 Great Expectations

HE’S SO TENDER AND JUICY

2011 Great Expectations

I’m sorry, what? I wasn’t listening!

Romeo & Juliet (2013)

A loose adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, with super young actors who are more age-appropriate to the original than most productions.

2013 Romeo & Juliet

Ah yes, must leave doublet open to create a casual, modern air!

2013 Romeo & Juliet

Daw.

And Then There Were None (2015)

A great, atmospheric adaptation of an Agatha Christie story. Booth doesn’t get much screen time as a rich, spoiled playboy.

And Then There Were None (2015)

Hellooooo tight shirt! And holy crap, we’ve got an actual period-appropriate hairstyle!

And Then There Were None (2015)

Okay, so the period-appropriate hairstyle didn’t stick for very long.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)

Despite having seen both Great Expectations and And Then There Were None, this is the production that made me sit up and go “HELLO! THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN!” Booth plays Mr. Bingley in the zombie version of the Jane Austen classic, and while he’s mostly just there to be pretty, that was plenty enough for me.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)

He doesn’t need to talk, he can just give me that half-smile!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)

See?!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)

Well! He sure fills out those fly-fronted trousers nicely!

The Limehouse Golem (2016)

In which Booth proves he can really act! He plays real-life music hall star Dan Nelson in this Jack the Ripper-esque fictional story, and his character and portrayal really add an interesting depth to things.

The Limehouse Golem (2016)

He really threw himself into this role and captured the gender ambiguity that was the heart of Nelson’s appeal.

The Limehouse Golem (2016)

AND HE STUCK THE LANDING WITH PERIOD-APPROPRIATE WONKY TEETH!

Mary Shelley (2017)

Booth plays Percy Bysshe Shelley in this recent biopic.

2017 Mary Shelley

SO tousled!

2017 Mary Shelley

Furrow that brow, Dougie!

2017 Mary Shelley

Ah yes, the great Hair Pomade trend of 1814.

Coming Soon

The Dirt

He’s playing Nikki Sixx in this forthcoming story of real life metal band Mötley Crüe, which Trystan says I get to review despite our usual 1960s cut-off because I may have had a hair metal phase as an early teen!!

The Dirt movie

I kind of think he’s TOO pretty for Sixx, but I will reserve judgement til I see it!

What’s your favorite of Douglas Booth’s historical roles?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

15 Responses

  1. picasso Manu

    Pretty I guess, but not my style. There’s a Robert Pattisoness to his face that is putting me off, since I was Twilight traumatized by a niece (All of them! I had to watch ALL of them! cries)

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    • Nzie

      I feel for you… although when I watched the first one I pretty much turned into a box of giggles over vampire baseball… Oh, you’re just so strong you can’t play baseball except during thunderstorms or your neighbors will hear your bats crack, even though you live in a rural-ish area. I mean, we all have our literary junk food but that’s just so over the top.

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  2. Jacqui Gauld

    He has a look of a young Jonny Lee Miller in quite a few of those photos. Much bigger lips though, and right now, I’m licking mine. I really am turning into a dirty old woman, my daughter is old enough to be his Mum.

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  3. Trystan L. Bass

    Trystan debates the idea that she’s allowing Kendra to write about a Motley Crue biopic, btw! Bec. then I’d have to let myself write about the Queen/Freddy Mercury biopic, & y’all see where that slippery slope is going ;)

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        • Susan Pola Staples

          You do have standards, but Freddie Mercury transcends all fashion dates. His talent is that of Oscar Wilde and crosses eras. You will not only disappoint me 😪 if you don’t review it, but you will also disappoint Tiger, My chihuahua.

          Regarding Doug, he’s a bit too pretty and young for my taste. Besides, he reminds me of both Leo DiCaprio and Len Whiting.

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      • Kaite Fink

        Agreed! Or do you feel like you are under pressure? You can’t just talk about killer queens, not when you have Mercury and that body language. I want it all, give us something to rhapsodize.

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  4. Nzie

    When I saw the Mary Shelley pics he seemed like a good fit for that sort of character, so it makes sense he works for Bingley in P&P&Z, too. But I’m not super squared off pouty face in my tastes. I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything, but good to know he’s got a good review from you for his acting; I plan to catch Mary Shelley sometime so hopefully that will be good.

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  5. Melanie

    You didn’t include Loving Vincent! Amazing, noir-ish film, and even though it’s technically animated (the whole film looks like Van Gogh’s paintings), Douglas’ character is animated to look just like him–as are those of Saoirse Ronan and Eleanor Tomlinson

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  6. Sharon In Scotland

    He’s very very pretty and at my advanced age I just want to cook him a roast chicken dinner and do his washing…………..sooooooo young

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  7. angie kirby

    You should do a review on Romeo and Juliet 2013.I watched it,and Juliet actually has pretty Renissance type clothing.

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  8. Ayla

    I never found him attractive until I saw him in the Limehouse Golem. There’s something with me and feminine men in genderfluid clothing, lmao.

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