A 200-Year-Old Crush On Mr Darcy! We Reveal The Sexiest Potential Pride And Prejudice Leading Men

Happy birthday 'Pride and Prejudice' - what would Jane Austen think of these options?

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After 200 years of appearing on bookshelves, in classrooms and on TV and movie screens around the World, Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' is still a firm favourite. So to mark two centuries of women fawning over leading man, Mr Darcy, surely the most popular romantic hero ever, we thought we'd take a look at some of the acting talent out there to see who could be the next incarnation of the famous role.

They've got to be skilled at smouldering up the screen, look good in riding breeches and a billowing white shirt and be able to turn their nose up in a proper Brit toff style at the lower class, but desirable Bennett sisters.

There are some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to taking on the role. Past Fitzwilliam Darcy's have been, most famously, Colin Firth in the BBC drama, and Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 film.

Matthew is currently staring in the BBC drama, 'Ripper Street' (Wenn)

With Colin's performance in that lake scene, and Matthew's classic moody scowl we made sure to look for some top class acts to have a go at the very posh, brooding 28-year-old.

First up to play the landowner is 'Man of Steel' star, Henry Cavill. At 6'1", The Jersey born actor and model has certainly got the tall, dark and handsome, Darcy look down. He also has experience playing gentry; he was Charles Brandon, first Duke of Suffolk in The Tudors. He also got pretty used to having his clothes ripped off in that role, so should be more than comfortable as the dashing hero in P&P.

Henry became the face of Dunhill fragrance in 2008 (Wenn)

The 29-year-old attended Stowe School, an independent boarding school and has said he would have studied ancient history at university if he'd not got into acting, so would have the posh boy role down to a tee.

Our second choice is everyone's latest crush, 31- year-old, Eddie Redmayne. OK, so he may be quite ginger, but he makes up for this Darcy deviation by being incredibly posh and heartbreakingly dashing, as all leading men should be! The Burberry model wemt to Cambridge and before that Eton, sharing a class with none other than Prince William.

Eddie Redmayne's has a 2:1 in History of Art (Wenn)

The Birdsong star has also appeared in a number of period roles, including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. He also rode a horse and wore a very Darcy-esque shirt Marius in 'Les Miserables'. He maybe the perfect fit for Mr D - but he might need to dye his hair first.

Next we have our oldest offering, it's 35-year-old, Tom Hardy. He may be best known for his action roles but he has had a go at period romance too and starred as Heathcliff in ITV's Wuthering Heights. So he's got practice playing a tortured, 19th century love interest and we reckon would have no problem making the ladies quiver in their corsets.

Tom Hardy left drama school early to accept a role in 'Band of Brothers' (Wenn)

He also may not have gone to Eton, but he's no bit of rough. Hardy grew up in Surrey and attended Tower House school and before that Reed's School of which The Queen is patron.

Your fourth option has a relatively modest CV, but still has a touch of Mr Darcy about him. Max Irons, 27, has appeared in 'Red Riding Hood' and is going to star as Edward IV in 'The White Queen' this year.

Max Irons: Smouldering enough to play the ultimate romantic hero? (WENN)

The son of acting legend Jeremy Irons, Max, has got some serious period drama potential. He too went to an independent school; The Dragon School in Oxford. Anyone who attended somewhere called The Dragon School has to posh enough to pull off 'Pride and Prejudice'. He might appear a little young to play the brooding Darcy, but we reckon with a furrow of the eyebrows he could more than master the sexiest role in literature.

Our last choice may be slightly controversial as he's not even a Brit! But we think, Melbourne born, Chris Hemsworth will have enough fans out there to back his chances.The 29-year-old Aussie has already proved he can do a well spoken English accent in his role of 'Thor'.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role of Thor in this year's sequal (Wenn)

He was also both English and reluctantly noble in 'Snow White and the Hunstman'. He may be a bit blonde and muscular to play the literary hero, but who's complaining? Just imagine him diving into the lake ladies!

So there it is our fantasy five, could they challenge Colin Firth for the Mr Darcy crown? We'd love to see them try!

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