25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled and Your Heart Melted!

#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.

RELATED | Classic Romantic Moment: Mary and Matthew

#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.

RELATED | Populaire Film Review

#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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By on December 26th, 2015

About Amirah Yasin

Amirah Yasin is a lover of persimmons, angst-ridden characters, YA fiction (and all books), Shah Rukh Khan and Colin Firth. In addition to spending her time frequenting YouTube to watch Bollywood songs, attempting to find chances to wear prairie-length skirts, and watching period dramas, she likes to travel, run, play cards and DJ old Indian music. She is a registered nurse as well as an obnoxious snapchat fiend. She enjoys writing idiotic poetry, befriending librarians, and taking photographs of trees. Her elderly patients are the only people known to be fond of her singing voice. She has always loved reading, writing, and romance.

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12 thoughts on “25 Times Period Drama Actors Smiled and Your Heart Melted!”

  1. Oh man, totally love this! It’s giving me too many period drama feels. 😀 If I added anything, it would be Merlin and Arthur from BBC Merlin – cuz when they smile it’s so freakin’ adorable. Plus Tom Hiddleston in The Hollow Crown and Return to Cranford. ‘Cuz can’t have too much Hiddles!

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  2. Aw, this is such fun, Amirah! Thank you so much for putting this together – lots of smiles in looking through this, and reminding myself how in need I am of re-watching many of these. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful list. I knew when I began reading that it had to have Henry Tilney on it, and you did not disappoint. Smiles are his specialty. 🙂

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    • Hell yes. I said the same thing. He kills me. I melt until late I am a puddle on the floor. And Ralph Fiennes in Withering Heights (1992) oh God have mercy. I may only be 24 but I know what I’m talking about.

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  4. Rufus Sewell in Middlemarch??? Please tell me he belongs on this list. Gah, that’s when I learned to adore him.

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