Is Miranda’s Tom Ellis To Replace Dan Stevens In Downton Abbey? Our Top 5 Period Drama Leading Men

18 February 2013 by

Just when we thought Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary had finally found happiness – fit husband, cute new baby – said husband only went and crashed his car and died. NO! That’s right, during the Christmas special, we saw the departure of dearly beloved cousin Matthew aka Dan Stevens. Currently starring on Broadway in The Heiress alongside Jessica Chastain, Mr Stevens felt that his time on the ITV smash hit show had come to an end and he left to pursue his career elsewhere.

But fear not, as news has reached Grazia Daily that a Mr Tom Ellis might be about to save the day as rumour has it, he’s set to play Lady Mary Crawley’s new love interest in season four. That’s right, most commonly known as object-of-much-lust Gary in Miranda, an ITV source told the Mirror, ‘we know that Tom’s got a lot of other options at the moment but if he does get the role it will be an incredible opportunity for him.’ They’re not wrong. Starring in a period drama does A LOT for a mans sex appeal. Weird, considering they usually wear bizarre clothes and often have well dodgy hair but its true. And if you need proof, here are our top five men who’ve starred in a period drama…

1. Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Sunday tea times were never quite the same after Colin Firth tore up the small screen with his shirt-wearing capabilities as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. The fact it was on tv in 1995 makes up feel a tad old but if we age as well as him then we’ll all be happy.

2. Douglas Booth as Pip in Great Expectations

He’s young. He’s HOT. And if his performance in Great Expectations was anything to go by, his star turn as Romeo in erm, Romeo and Juliet later this year is definitely not one to miss. Ok?

3. Jeremy Piven as Mr Selfridge

We’ll admit it, we’ve had a crush on Jeremy Piven ever since he played Ari Gold in Entourage. So we’re pretty happy about the fact he’s back on our screens as American entrepreneur Harry in Mr Selfridge. He may be a bit of a dirtbag but we can sure see why women liked shopping in his store…

4. Matthew MacFadyen in Anna Karenina

Little Dorrit, Ripper Street, Pride and Prejudice – our Matthew’s quite good in a period drama. But, his Oblonsky in Anna Karenina was particularly epic – if only because he had the world’s best handlebar moustache.

5. Jeremy Irvine in Great Expectations

Oh, hi there Jeremy Irvine. Spielberg cast him in War Horse but he also managed to cut a very fine figure as Pip in Great Expectations alongside Holliday Grainger and Helena Bonham-Carter.


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