If you lie awake at night, clutching the stuffed bear you’ve had since birth and wondering why you’re still single, it’s Jane Austen you need to take it up with. Only you can’t, because she’s dead. If we could only crack time travel we would go back 200 years and tell her that Pride and Prejudice ruined all our chances of finding everlasting love and happiness.
Because yes, it probably is wrong and slightly creepy to fantasise about a fictional character but Mr Darcy stole our hearts with his brooding stare, wet breeches and aloof hotness and now no man will ever measure up.
Do you know any who can ride a horse like Darcy, admire your piano forte and rescue your family from reputational ruin all while being tall and handsome with a noble air? Nope, didn’t think so. See you in therapy.
Face: whatever you want it to be
Body: even at 200-years-old, he’s still got it
Eyes: a bit like Colin Firth’s
Personality: the ultimate hero
Attainability: Married to Elizabeth Bennet. And fictional, so could be tricky
Doesn't get more noble than Colin in the classic BBC adaptation
Colin Firth as our modern hero Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary
David Rintoul set many hearts a-flutter in the 1980 tv adaptation
Elliot Cowan made a smoking hot Darcy in the 2008 Lost in Austen
Lawrence Olivier gave us 'arsey Darcy' in the 1940 film version
Martin Henderson played Darcy in the 2004 Bollywood version
Matthew MacFadyen stole Keira Knightley (and our) hearts in the 2005 film