For a while there, British actor Hugh Dancy was a mainstay of period film and TV, starring in productions like Daniel Deronda and Elizabeth I. But he hasn’t done a period film since 2015, and I miss him! So I was glad to see that he’s going to be in the second Downton Abbey movie, currently filming. Let’s take a look back at Dancy’s many frock flick roles!
The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1998)
Filmed in Lithuania, in the same vein as Xena: Warrior Princess, you get the drill. Dancy plays “Kyle,” which, LOL.
David Copperfield (2000)
As the titular David Copperfield in this Charles Dickens adaptation.
Madame Bovary (2000)
As “Leon” — maybe Madame’s lover? It’s been a while since I’ve seen a version — opposite Frances O’Connor in this BBC adaptation.
Young Blades (2001)
A young-cast version of The Three Musketeers. Looks like Snark Week fodder! Dancy plays D’Artagnan.
Daniel Deronda (2002)
As the title character, an illegitimate aristocrat torn between two women.
The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)
Per IMDB: “a young Englishman who is sent to Sarawak [Malaysia] in the 1930s to become part of the British colonial government. There he encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving a beautiful young local woman [played by Jessica Alba HA] who becomes the object of his affections.” Sounds atrocious.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Total fantasy, but I’m including it nonetheless. Hugh plays the romantic lead, Prince Charmont.
King Arthur (2004)
I have zero memory of Dancy being in this, but it was a deeply shitty movie, so. He played Galahad.
Elizabeth I (2005)
As the real-life nitwit the Earl of Essex, who was one of Queen Elizabeth I’s major flirtations, in the Helen Mirren miniseries.
Dancy plays “Buddy” (I think the groom?) in the 1950s wedding flashback scenes of this Made for Your Mom film.
As a young doctor trying to treat female “hysteria” with vibrators in this late Victorian comedy.
Deadline Gallipoli (2015)
The Gallipoli campaign during World War I from the perspective of several real-life journalists, including Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (Dancy).
Downton Abbey 2 (coming soon)
Dancy is joining the cast, but we don’t yet know who he’s playing!
Which is your favorite of Hugh Dancy’s frock flick roles? No, Hannibal doesn’t count!