Austen Heroes

20 October 2011

Looks like Michael Fassbender may have won the seventeenth century hero contest and RIGHTLY SO. Here, by popular demand is the Austen Hero Parade for us all to catcall and wolf whistle in a disorderly manner at. Which one is your favourite?

James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy in Becoming Jane.

Jeremy Northam as Mr Knightley in Emma.

Rupert Penry Jones as Captain Wentworth in Persuasion.

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility.

Dominic Cooper as Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility.

David Morrissey as Captain Brandon in Sense and Sensibility.

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Simon Woods as Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

Elliot Cowan as Mr Darcy in Lost In Austen.

Joseph Beattie as Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park.

James D’Arcy as Tom Bertram in Mansfield Park.

JJ Feild as Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey.

Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth in Persuasion.

Phew! I couldn’t find any pictures of James Purefoy as Tom Bertram in the Mansfield Park film (cor) so here’s a bonus picture of him as Beau Brummell. He was nice in Vanity Fair as well, although again that’s not Austen so don’t shout at me.

As an additional aside, I have to say that casting Jonathan Rhys Meyers as that toe rag George Osborne in Vanity Fair was a stroke of GENIUS.

What do you think? Who is your favourite? Anyone you’d like to add?

(Dear BBC, if you ever do get around to making your big Georgette Heyer series please can Aidan Turner be in it? Thanks!)

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Edited in 2014 to add: OMG POLDARK. THANK YOU GOD. THANK YOU.

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