Oh, Willoughby. The poetry-loving, romantic, chivalrous, deeply feeling love of your life… til he jilts you for Miss Grey and her 10,000 pounds. Jane Austen knows how to write them, and Marianne’s love interest in Sense and Sensibility is a type that’s still far too accurate. That being said, he sure is damn cute! So let’s enjoy some Willoughby’s, shall we?
Sense and Sensibility (1971)
In the 1971 BBC miniseries, he was played by Clive Francis — who was also in Romeo and Juliet (1965), David Copperfield (1966), Middlemarch (1968), The Gathering Storm (1974), Churchill’s People (1975), the original Poldark (1975) as Francis, Caesar and Cleopatra (1976), As You Like It (1978), The Far Pavilions (1984), The Crown (2016-17) as Lord Salisbury, and The Little Stranger (2018) among many, many productions.
Sense and Sensibility (1981)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
In the Emma Thompson-adapted feature film version, he was played by (one of) my boyfriend(s) Greg Wise, who you also know from The Buccaneers (1995) as Guy Thwaite, The Moonstone (1996), Madame Bovary (2000), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005), Cranford (2007-09) as Sir Charles Maulver, Effie Gray (2014) as John Ruskin, The Crown (2016-17) as Lord Mountbatten, and Carmilla (coming soon).
Sense & Sensibility (2008)
In Yet Another BBC Miniseries, he was played by Dominic Cooper, who you may know from Warrior Queen (2003), The Duchess (2008) as Charles Grey, My Week With Marilyn (2011), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Summer in February (2013), and Agent Carter (2015-16) as Howard Stark.
Which Willoughby do you want to be jilted by?