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The Definitive Ranking Of Actors Who Have Played Mr Darcy

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

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With the many adaptations of Pride and Prejudice over the years, there is a plethora of Mr Darcys to choose from - but, while you can't really go wrong with this character, not all Darcys were created equal. Here, we rank the most well-known versions of the role...

9. David Rintoul - Pride and Prejudice, 1980

Poor Rintoul. Despite moments of charm (he is, after all, still Mr Darcy), his stiff and restrained portrayal of the character, combined with the very 1980-ness of this adaptation, is rather difficult for a modern viewer to warm to. Particularly when we're a little spoilt for choice (see: the rest of this list, basically).

7. Matthew Rhys - Death Comes to Pemberley, 2013

Rhys is actually pretty great as Darcy, but as fun as Death Comes to Pemberley is, it's no Pride and Prejudice, and without all the little moments in the original story that make Darcy ~DARCY~, it's hard to love him quite as much.


6. Daniel Vincent Gordh - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, 2013

Like Bride and Prejudice, Darcy is also a cocky American businessman in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but the format of the web series works more in his favour here. His screen time is minimal, comparatively speaking - he doesn't even show up until episode 60 - but when he does appear it's always in intimate moments with Lizzie, and it's impossible not to fall completely in love with him.

3. Matthew MacFadyen - Pride and Prejudice, 2005

There are a lot of problems with this adaptation, but MacFadyen's Darcy is not one of them. The juxtaposition of the public restraint and private passion he brings to the role is utterly irresistible.


1. Colin Firth - Pride and Prejudice, 1995

Colin. Firth's. Darcy. He's iconic for a reason. Firth IS Darcy. No one has been able to beat him in the 20 years since this adaptation came out - and possibly no one ever will. That smile, those sideburns, that goddamn wet shirt. Siiiiigh.