#16: LEONARDO DICAPRIO as Jack Dawson from Titanic

Jack Dawson and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: Paramount Pictures

BRB while I go sob. WILL MY HEART EVER GO ON? WILL IT?

#17: ALLEN LEECH as Tom Branson in Downton Abbey

branson downton abbey and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: ITV

I love Branson because he is a passionate, angry and fiery character and I honestly think he looks better when defiant, but here he is smiling at Sybil (he only ever smiles when she’s in the frame). Oh, Branson. <333

#18: DAN STEVENS as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Matthew

Photo: ITV

At this point in the show, I began to sing a song. It is called “Marry me,” and those are the only two lyrics I remember.

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#19: ROMAIN DURIS as Louis Échard in Populaire

Romain Duris and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: The Weinstein Company

Romain Duris thinks he’s too suave to fall in love with his bumbling typist….except he’s NOT! Watch this movie for some exquisite French hotness.

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#20: EMORY COHEN as Tony Fiorello in Brooklyn

Emory Cohen and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Emory Cohen is sooooooo cute! SOOOOOOOOO CUTE!

RELATED | Brooklyn Review

#21: CLARK GABLE as Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind

Gone with the Wind? Or Gone with the Fire? 

Clark Gable and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: New Line Cinemas

Clark Gable is 🔥🔥🔥🔥

#22: AIDAN TURNER as Captain Ross Poldark in Poldark

Aidan Turner and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: BBC

Though I have not seen Poldark, I have a strong feeling I will love it, and Aidan Turner is as good a reason to watch as any!

RELATED | Poldark TV Review – A Romantic Period Drama to Swoon Over!

#23: JEREMY NORTHAM as Mr. Knightley in Emma (1996)

Mr. Knightley and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: Miramax

This smirk…it makes me smirk…WITH LOVE.

#24: ALAN RICKMAN as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility

sense and sensibility and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Photo: Columbia Pictures

SNAPE IS TOO CUTE HERE! AND SO BLONDE! AND HE LOVES LISTENING TO MARIANNE READ! AND HE RESCUED HER!

RELATED | Ten Period Drama Heroes to Love that Aren’t Mr. Darcy

#25: COLIN FIRTH as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice 

Colin Firth and 25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled

Can you feel the love from his eyes? Photo: BBC

Ah, my favorite for last. A tiny smile, HIDING A HEART FULL OF ARDUOUS LOVE.

Do I have these photos on my phone on an album entitled “Fictional Characters”? YOU BET I DO, AND I HOPE YOU’RE JEALOUS OF IT. What smiles from period drama actors did I miss? Comment below!

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