#HunkDay: Jane Austen’s Heroes

Nothing old-fashioned about these cuties

With the releases of The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, we’re in a rather Jane Austen-inspired mood. Austen’s groundbreaking work not only introduced the world to strong, independent women, but also had the world swooning over her tall, dark, and handsome leading men.


Austen’s work has been adapted and reimagined in dozens of films, TV shows, and even web series—which means we have plenty of hunky heroes to choose from. Here’s our list of the most dashing adaptations of Austen’s heroes.


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Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (1995)

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”


Paul Rudd as Josh

Clueless (1995)

Cher: “Some people are not lucky enough to be as naturally adorable as you are.”
Josh: “Stop it, you’re making me blush.”


James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy

Becoming Jane (2007)

“I am yours. Heart and soul, I am yours. Much good that is.”


Douglas Booth as Mister Bingley

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

“She’s the most beautiful creature I ever beheld.”


Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

“Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.”


Daniel Vincent Gordh as Fitzwilliam Darcy

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012)

“It is settled between us already, that we are to be the happiest couple in the world.”