Ranking The 10 Best Mr. Darcy’s And What You Need To Know

January 28, 2020, marks the 207th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 1813, so we thought we’d celebrate by honoring Mr. Darcy.

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Several actors over the past 100 years have played Mr. Darcy onscreen, the aloof but lovable romantic hero of Pride and Prejudice.

But playing opposite the quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet is no easy feat. These actors, however, got Jane Austen’s iconic character just right.

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Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Colin Firth’s aunt pleaded with him not to play the part. She didn’t want to ruin how she imagined Mr. Darcy since she was a young girl.


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Matthew Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Matthew never saw the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth, so he chose not to worry about who played the part before and just got “on with it,” playing the role as he imagined.

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Sir Laurence Olivier in Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Here is an adaptation with controversial creative choices such as Victorian costumes and a rom-com writing style.

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David Rintoul in Pride and Prejudice (1980)

He’s the only Scottish actor on the list to play the brooding Mr. Darcy and remains a fan favorite due to his accurate, stuffy portrayal.

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Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Based loosely on Pride and Prejudice, Helen Fielding formed the character of Mark Darcy with Colin Firth in mind.

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