I watched the British mini series Lost in Austen, and during two thirds of it, I was sure that this would be the Mr. Darcy I would finally despise. Because, after all these years, there must be an incarnation of Mr. Darcy that is less than ideal. But nope, no luck, by the end, I was just as in love with this version of Mr. Darcy as I have been with all the others. So I decided to indulge myself, and my fellow Austenites, and share some of the best incarnations of Mr. Darcy. I was going to make a top 5 of them, but I couldn’t decide in which order they’d come, so I decided to ask you all for help. Which Mr. Darcy is THE Mr. Darcy.
Here are the contenders:
Colin Firth, Pride and Prejudice, 1995 BBC mini series
Colin Firth definitely brought the sexy back to Mr. Darcy. There is no denial that he is the strongest contender for THE Mr. Darcy. The BBC miniseries definitely wins for the best actress to ever portray Elizabeth Bennet (IMHO of course), and the wet-shirt scene has inspired many rewinds. And bonus: Colin Firth reprised his Mr. Darcy role in Bridget Jones, a modern-day Pride and Prejudice, as Mark Darcy.
Matthew MacFayden, Pride and Prejudice, 2005 movie
As a whole show, the 2005 movie with Keira Knightley is far from beating the BBC tv show, but MacFayden’s Darcy and the absolutely gorgeous photography of this movie, made this title into a must-watch. Speaking of wet Mr. Darcy, MacFayden does not dive into a pond, but he gets drenched in the rain as he confesses his love (with puppy eyes!) to Elizabeth Bennet. Now, tell me if that scene just didn’t melt your heart?
Elliot Cowan, Lost in Austen,, 2008 mini series
Here’s another Mr. Darcy that dives into a pond, but this one does it upon request. Which, kind of make it hilarious to just see him standing there, dripping, with a poker face. Oh, as a side note, this show had the first Wickham I enjoyed, he was very adorable. But Elliot Cowan’s Mr. Darcy, as I said above, had a left to be desired. His perpetual face of disdain was a turn off, but if you have seen the show, you might have found out that once he smiled, it was a completely different game. So, I guess he is not a very strong contender for THE Mr. Darcy, but he deserved an honorable mention.
JJ Feild, Austenland, 2013 movie
You could argue he is technically not Mr. Darcy, but he is playing the Mr. Darcy character in this novel-turned-movie that is set to mimic the world of Austen (fun book). And sadly, for us, he does not dive into a pond (which, by the way, never actually happened on the book. But I didn’t need to tell you all that, right?). This does put JJ in a disadvantage, though, because now we have no photo to compare him to the other Mr. Darcys.
So, will you help me choose THE Mr. Darcy? Vote in the comments!