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Every Actor Who Played Mr. Darcy, Ranked 

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Updated March 28, 2019 2.5k votes 831 voters 4.9k views 12 items

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?

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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)

Age: 55

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 (born 17 October 1974) is an English actor. He played MI5 Intelligence Officer Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks, Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral. He also portrayed John Birt in the political drama Frost/Nixon and Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC series Ripper Street. In 2015 he starred in the Sky Living series The Enfield Haunting as Guy Lyon Playfair. In June 2010, Macfadyen won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Criminal Justice. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England

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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, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died 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 (born 9 July 1976) 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 also starred as Lorenzo de' Medici in Da Vinci's Demons and Daron-Vex in Krypton. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 39

Birthplace: London, England

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