Twitter user sparks debate over who played Mr Darcy best

Which Mr Darcy is YOUR favourite? Furious debate breaks out on Twitter leading Colin Firth fans to fear he was DEAD after his name started trending

  • Colin Firth played Elizabeth Fitzwilliam Darcy in a BBC TV series adaption in 1995
  • Matthew Macfadyen portrayed the Pride and Prejudice character in a 2005 film  
  • Twitter users largely suggested that it was Mr Firth who best played Mr Darcy

It’s a near-impossible question for most to answer, but Twitter users have been trying their best to work out who portrayed Jane Austin’s Mr Darcy better, Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen. 

British actor Colin played Elizabeth Bennet’s love interest Fitzwilliam Darcy in a BBC TV series adaption of Pride and Prejudice in 1995, while Matthew portrayed the character in a 2005 movie opposite Keira Knightley.

And while both were critically acclaimed for their performances at the time, social media users have largely suggested that it is Mr Firth who should come out on top.

The debate was started after a woman from Washington, D.C. asked: ‘Important scientific research!


Colin Firth played Elizabeth Fitzwilliam Darcy in a BBC TV series adaption in 1995, right, and Matthew Macfadyen portrayed the Pride and Prejudice character in a 2005 film, left

Twitter users have been trying their best to work out who portrayed Jane Austin’s Mr Darcy better, Colin or Matthew. The debate was started by a woman from Washington, D.C. (pictured)

‘Please respond with your age and preferred Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen). I’ll start: 45, Colin Firth.’

One person replied: ‘Who’s the better Mr Darcy? How is that even a question! #ColinFirth #AllDayEveryDay’

Another said: ‘I like them both. Difficult, but for me I think Colin Firth,’ as a third wrote: ‘He just took a DNA test, turns out he’s 100 per cent the one and only Mr Darcy.’

‘They are both totally gorgeous but if I was to think of Mr Darcy I guess Colin Firth comes to mind,’ another wrote.

However, one person said: ‘I adore Colin Firth – but he’s not Mr Darcy. The penultimate is and always will be Matthew Macfadyen.’ 

Social media users have largely suggested that it is Mr Firth who should come out on top as the best Mr Darcy

But some have complained that it is an impossible task to pick between the two British actors

Yet for some fans, seeing Colin’s name trending on the social media platform sent them into a terrible fright as they wrongly suspected the actor had died. 

‘Just freaked out because Colin Firth was trending, thought he might have died. Phew he’s fine. It’s just a twitter argument over who the better Mr Darcy is,’ one worried individual wrote.

Another said: ‘Colin Firth trending? Why? Oh. For being himself. Beautiful.’

Since 1995, Colin has become a spy and the King of England, played gay and straight men and portrayed a family man as well as a bachelor. 

Yet for some fans, seeing Colin’s name trending on the social media platform sent them into a terrible fright as they wrongly suspected the actor had died

Colin’s won countless awards, including an Oscar for the King’s Speech, yet for many, he will always be Mr Darcy (pictured)

He’s won countless awards, including an Oscar for the King’s Speech, yet for many, he will always be Mr Darcy.

‘I dare say if I did spend my waking hours reading my own fan mail I probably would feel Darcy was following me around,’ he once told the Daily Mail. ‘But I’ve got family and friends and children and none of them call me Mr Darcy.’

Previously reacting to the hype, Colin, told the Mirror: ‘I’ve spent years trying to figure out why Mr Darcy’s fully clothed swim in his breeches and shirt caused such a sensation.

‘My wife certainly wouldn’t go weak at the knees if I came home in a sodden shirt.’

It would seem plenty of others would, however. The appearance as Mr Darcy has led to the actor featuring on several ‘sexiest man’ lists in recent years.

And People Magazine named him the ‘sexiest man alive’ in 2007. 

But in 2013, BBC bosses admitted Colin almost missed out on the Pride and Prejudice part because they didn’t think he was handsome enough to be Mr Darcy.

Fortunately for him, they overcame their misgivings and he was cast in what became a career-shaping role. 

But while the part made him a household name, he admitted it wasn’t always easy being constantly associated with a literary hero.

He said: ‘In the years between Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones, I don’t think there was a single interview in any newspaper that didn’t have Darcy in the headline.’

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