2017, Jane Austen, Jane Austen Month, Movies

Who is the Best Darcy?

Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice is probably the best known and most portrayed character from Jane Austen’s novels. So, it begs the question who is the best Darcy?

I have not included every Mr Darcy as I could be here all day. Here is my Top 5 Mr Darcy’s…

5.  Sam Riley – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

Darcy Pride and Prejudice and Zombie

Sam Riley made the list despite the fact I personally think adding Zombies to Pride and Prejudice as sacrilege. He is also very young which also goes against him. However, he did play his part well which goes in his favour.

4. Laurence Olivier – Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Laurence Olivier pandp

Despite the fact that the 1940 movie was more New England than England and they took enormous liberty’s with the script, costumes, settings etc… The great Laurence Olivier portrays the part of Darcy true to the character which is only what we expect from such a great talent.

3. Matthew Rhys – Death Comes To Pemberley 

matthew-rhys Death comes pemberley

I loved the book Death Comes to Pemberley and Matthew Rhys portrays the part as Darcy in that book really well. I just wish they had chosen a better Elizabeth for the adaptation but you can’t have everything.

2. Matthew MacFayden – Pride and Prejudice 2005 

Matthew MacFayden PandP

It took me a little while to warm to Matthew MacFayden as Mr Darcy. Yet, re-reading the book and watching the movie once again he has climbed the list to number 2. I really do quite enjoy this Mr Darcy.

1. Colin Firth – Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Bridget Jones’ Diary (all three movies)

Colin Firth

The only actor to play Mr Darcy twice even if it was across the centuries. Colin Firth is my favourite Darcy as he was my first Darcy. The BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice appeared on my TV screen when I was about 15 years old. I had read the book previously which I had really enjoyed but the TV series brought it to life for me.

Do you agree with my list? Let me know.


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