He’s the original ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to know’ hottie — George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, usually known as Lord Byron (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824). A hugely influential Romantic poet, Byron is also the inspiration for the “Byronic” hero, both in his poetry and in his own life. He was immensely talented and personally magnetic yet deeply flawed, arrogant, and self-destructive. He was incredibly privileged and flouted social conventions. All of this made him and his poetry fascinating during his lifetime and ever since, and Lord Byron has appeared in historical costume movies and TV a few times as main character and often in cameos related to the many famous people he socialized with.
First, the historical figure…
And here are the onscreen versions…
Gavin Gordon in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dennis Price in The Bad Lord Byron (1949)
Richard Chamberlain in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
Gabriel Byrne in Gothic (1986)
Philip Anglim in Haunted Summer (1988)
Hugh Grant in Rowing With the Wind (1988)
Jason Patric in Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
Christopher Clarke in Star Trek: Voyager, episode “Darkling” (1997)
Jonny Lee Miller in Byron (2003)
Matthew Rhys in Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)
Mathew Baynton in Drunk History: U.K., episode 2.4 (2015)
Tom Sturridge in Mary Shelley (2018)
Do you love a byronic hero or Byron himself better?