The Best Mr. Darcy
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen story.
I mean, it is
Since the novel’s debut 204 years ago (I know right!!), there have been countless adaptations and interpretations of the romantic tale. And with that we have been given many wonderful versions of the ever fascinating Mr. Darcy.
Here’s a look at the many Mr. Darcys to have graced the screen. You can vote at the end for your favorite as well!
#1 Matthew McFayden – Pride and Prejudice 2005
Talented actor Matthew McFayden does a wonderful job as Mr. Darcy. The take on the character is more misunderstood than prideful, with Darcy never intentionally doing anything hurtful. Whether this was chosen because of lack of screen time or just for a sweeter take on the character, McFayden won all our hearts with his perfect, darling smile. Yay for Mr. Darcy!
#2 Matthew Rhys – Death Comes to Pemberley
I didn’t expect much from this BBC take on the continuing story of the Darcys, but I was pleasantly surprised with an enjoyable story. Matthew Rhys’ Darcy is gruffer and more stern here, but he still has a heart of gold underneath all that. Definitely a swoonworthy Darcy.
#3 Daniel Vincent Gordh – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
A youtube sensation, LBD retells the novel in a modern format. The show is super adorable, fun and addictive. Daniel probably plays the youngest Mr. Darcy yet. He’s totally awkward, misunderstood, and stiff and, of course, watching him and Lizzie fall in love was so much fun!
#4 Martin Henderson – Bride and Prejudice
This is a cute little film, though I can’t say that Henderson’s Darcy is its finest point (it would be Aishwarya as Lalita). The film has a Bollywood twist on the original, with rich, rude and dorky Mr. Darcy falling for sweet, vibrant Lalita (Elizabeth). Despite his stiff acting, he was a decent rom-com lead.
#5 Laurence Olivier – Pride and Prejudice 1940
Definitely worth a watch for classic lovers! This film is hilariously influenced by the blockbuster film Gone With The Wind (which aired a year before) with everyone wearing 1860s fashion instead of Regency attire. Laurence is dramatically (and purposely) rigid and cold as Mr. Darcy. Still he’s fun to watch!
#6 Sam Riley – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I really didn’t expect to like this movie, but PPZ surprised me with a fun (though full of zombie gore, lol) take on the story. Riley’s Darcy is a great fighter (just like Lizzie) and has great chemistry with Lizzie. Here he’s a colonel obsessed with fighting off the zombie hordes. A great new take on the character.
#7 Colin Firth – Pride and Prejudice 1995
I can’t apologize. I love this version eternally and Colin Firth to me is as inseparable from Mr. Darcy as James Earl Jones’ voice is to Darth Vader. He’s both prideful and selfish, as well as compassionate and willing to change and learn from his mistakes. He’s the ultimate Byronic hero. Three cheers for Mr. Darcy!!!
So who’s your favorite Darcy?