Who looks all the more handsome for having £10,000 a year? Who detests dancing even though he’s always hanging around balls? Who puts the “pride” in Pride and Prejudice? Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, that’s who! Jane Austen writes him as “having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance” and he’s rude to most everyone, plus he treats his BFF Bingley like a child who can’t sort out his life for himself.
But onscreen, Mr. Darcy becomes a bit more palatable when we have dishy fellas playing his grumpy-then-smitten-and-noble act. Everyone has their favorite version, and while I suspect one rises damp-shirted above the rest, ehem, I’ll entertain discussions of other actors’ merits for this Man Candy Monday. So let us compare with some hot Darcy-on-Darcy action!
Laurence Olivier in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
David Rintoul in Pride and Prejudice (1980)
Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Matthew Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Elliot Cowan in 2008 in Lost in Austen (2008)
Matthew Rhys in Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
Sam Riley in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)
Who is your favorite Mr. Darcy on screen? Why?