MCM: Max Irons


Actor Max Irons has grown on me. The problem is the first thing I saw him in was The White Queen, and I couldn’t like him on principle (Philippa Fucking Gregory being the issue). But he was cute in Woman in Gold and Crooked House, and then I watched Tutankhamun… and while I have many questions about the plot, I definitely ended up Team Max Irons! So let’s enjoy:

Dorian Gray (2009)

An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel. Irons appears to be in only one scene, where his character makes out with Dorian.

2009 Dorian Gray

Getting it ON…with a pen?

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Okay technically fantasy, but I’m trying to fill things out. Irons plays the man Valerie is engaged to, but whom she doesn’t want to marry.

Red Riding Hood 2011

I sense grommets…

The White Queen (2013)

As King Edward IV of England during the Wars of the Roses in this Philippa Fucking Gregory adaptation.

2013 The White Queen

I don’t understand the upholstered look.

2013 The White Queen

But sure, he’s dreamy!

2013 The White Queen

Straight out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting.

Woman in Gold (2015)

An elderly Jewish refugee sues for the return of paintings that were stolen from her family when the Nazis invaded Vienna. Irons plays her husband in the flashback scenes.

2015 Woman in Gold

You can never go wrong with white tie.

2015 Woman in Gold

Sweater vest ftw!

Tutankhamun (2016)

As Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, in this BBC miniseries.

2016 Tutankhamun

Irons/Carter hardly ever looks this dapper, but when he does, rowr!

2016 Tutankhamun

This is his more usual look.

2016 Tutankhamun

Dirty and dreamy!

2016 Tutankhamun

He even manages to rock that mustache, which is impressive.

Bitter Harvest (2017)

A romantic drama that depicts “Ukraine’s Holodomor, a genocide committed by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin using food as a weapon through mass starvation as millions of Ukrainians died under forced collectivization of all farms and businesses owned by Ukrainians” per Wikipedia.

2017 Bitter Harvest

I feel like the boy band hair isn’t EXACTLY what was worn in 1930s Ukraine, but maybe I’m wrong.

Crooked House (2017)

An adaptation of a 1949 Agatha Christie novel. Irons plays a private investigator who investigates the murder of his ex-girlfriend’s grandfather.

2017 Crooked House

I do love a skinny tie.

2017 Crooked House

It’s hard having a good jawline!

2017 Crooked House

DAMN girl!

What’s your favorite Max Irons frock flick?


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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.

10 Responses

  1. Jillian

    My reaction to Max Irons is the female Ghostbusters initial reaction to Chris Hemsworth when his name was brought up during their appearance on the Graham Norton Show.

  2. Sam Marchiony

    I think what makes him cute to me is the floofiness of his hair. It looks like so much fun to tousle out of any state of period-accuracy.

      • Coco

        You could do a WCW on his mother, Sinead Cusack! She plays the disapproving mother of Richard Armitage’s character in North and South.

      • The Scrivener

        In that last Tutankhamen photo, he is a dead ringer for Daddy in the WW2 segments of Brideshead Revisited. I’d love to see them play opposite each other as father and son, or as the Old vs Young version of a character!

    • M.E. Lawrence

      Yeah to Jeremy comparison and yeah to attractive. Seems ridiculously boy-bandish for Edward IV, who was leading armies when he was 19 or something like that, but his 20s and 30s looks are very good. (Sad confession: I still can’t get used to the idea of anything after 1945 as period.)

    • SarahV

      I pretty much watched The White Queen because he was shirtless so often.

      (okay, and fin,e he was often pantsless too)

  3. Lily Lotus Rose

    He really is dreamy… I haven’t seen much of his work, but when I do see it I think, “I wish he pick better projects.” But, as I said, dreamy.