Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked  

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Among all of Jane Austen’s beloved characters, none are as charming (or as complicated) as Mr. Darcy. Rich, handsome, and conflicted, this aloof gentleman has captivated generation after generation for more than 200 years. First introduced in Jane Austin’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy comes from a wealthy background, but at his core, he’s attentive, prideful, and unsuspectedly caring.

From Laurence Olivier’s classic role as Mr. Darcy in 1940's Pride and Prejudice to Colin Firth’s take in the 1995 remake and subsequent Bridget Jones movies, there have been many Fitzwilliam Darcy actors over the years. Matthew Macfadyen swooned moviegoers alongside Kiera Knightly in 2005's Pride and Prejudice, and Sam Riley played a zombie-hunting loverboy in 2016’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Martin Henderson also played Mr. Darcy in the 2004 Bollywood film Bride and Prejudice. Which version is your favorite?

Vote up your favorite Mr. Darcy actors and see who really played him best.

Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked
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Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, two BAFTAs and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Volpi Cup. His most notable and acclaimed role to date has been his 2010 portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, a performance that gained him an Oscar and many other worldwide best actor awards. It went on to gross $414,211,549 worldwide. Identified in the late 1980s with the "Brit Pack" of rising, young British actors, it was not until Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: Grayshott, United Kingdom

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Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked
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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

David Matthew Macfadyen is a BAFTA award-winning English actor, known for his roles as MI5 Intelligence Officer Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks, Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral. He is also known for portraying John Birt in the political drama Frost/Nixon, as well as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC series Ripper Street. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 44

Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked
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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles. His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, and he appeared in his first ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

Birthplace: Dorking, United Kingdom

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Elliot Cowan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked
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Lost in Austen (2008)

Elliot Cowan is an English actor, known for portraying Corporal Jem Poynton in Ultimate Force, Mr Darcy in Lost in Austen, and Ptolemy in the 2004 film Alexander. He currently stars as Lorenzo de' Medici in Da Vinci's Demons. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 42

Birthplace: London, England

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