Chuffed to Bits: 10 British Blokes Worth Swooning Over

*Author’s Note: Based on the response to this piece, I feel compelled to state the following.  This is not a Top 10 Most Swoonworthy British Blokes of All Time list.  You’re not going to find Colin, Hugh, Daniel, Jude, David, Richard, Sean, etc. on it.  This is a small list of up-and-comers that I think are worth mentioning, and perhaps some of whom you haven’t heard of before.  I do have a penchant for broody-looking gents, and contrary to popular belief, all of the men you’ll see listed below are over the age of 21.  You’ve been warned.

 

Lately, I’ve been noticing a male British invasion of sorts in the world of entertainment.  And as an Anglophile, I love it.  Ladies, there’s just something irresistible about a charming, talented, good-looking man with an English accent, am I right?

Oh, there are the hall-of-famers when it comes to the art of swoon (Colin Firth immediately comes to mind), but there’s a whole new crop of Brits making their presence known on stage and screen these days, and making pulses race on both sides of the Pond.  Here are 10 of them that I think are most definitely swoonworthy.

 

Robert Pattinson

Yeah, I went there.  I puffy heart with glitter RPattz, and have for the past 4 years, which is why he’s at the top of my list.  And it’s not just because I’m a fan of Twilight (I am. Don’t judge me.) and think he did my beloved Edward Cullen some serious justice on the big screen.  This guy can act.  Don’t believe me?  Rent Little Ashes (he portrays Salvador Dali), Remember Me (have tissues handy for the tears you’ll inevitably shed), How To Be (he’s brilliant), and Water for Elephants (more than holding his own opposite two Oscar winners).  Not only does he have some serious acting chops, but he also sings, plays guitar and piano, and writes music, which I think makes him even swoonier (is that a word?).  Mr Pattinson is ridiculously talented, charming, and incredibly easy on the eyes.  Watch out for: Bel Ami, Cosmopolis

 

Andrew Garfield

The first time I saw Andrew Garfield was in The Social Network, and I had no idea after watching that film that he was English.  I then read an interview he did with Details magazine last year, and was so charmed by his honesty, grace, and wit.  Recently, I saw him in Never Let Me Go, opposite Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, and I was floored by his performance.  Andrew has been cast as the new Spider-Man, and I can’t wait to see how he takes on the iconic role of Peter Parker.  Watch out for: Never Let Me Go, The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man

 

Henry Cavill

Fans of The Tudors, I don’t have to tell you how utterly fantastic Henry Cavill is.  You already know.  I saw him in Immortals last year, and all I can say is WOW.  However, if you need further convincing of his swoonworthiness, just head on over to YouTube and search “Henry Cavill Dunhill” for some very sexy adverts he did a few years back for the fragrance company.  Henry has been cast as the new Superman, so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Clark Kent never looked so good.  Watch out for: The Tudors, Man of Steel

 

 

Raza Jaffrey

Raza is my newest crush.  He stars on the TV show Smash, which I love, where he plays the dreamy Dev Sundaram.  He’s also been featured in Sex and the City 2 (certainly not my favourite of the SATC films, but I think I might watch it again just to see him), and on the telly in England in shows like Mistresses and MI-5.  He acts, he sings, he dances… What’s not to love?  Watch out for: Smash

 

 

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne is a cutie.  I first saw him in The Yellow Handkerchief opposite Kristen Stewart and William Hurt, and once again I was stunned to find out that this chap was English.  Last year, I saw him in My Week with Marilyn, where he played Colin Clark opposite Michelle Williams’ stunning portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.  Most recently, I saw him in Birdsong which aired on PBS here in the States, and he’s also been cast and is currently filming the all-star remake of Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried.  I’m looking forward to seeing Eddie in many more films in the future.  Watch out for: My Week with MarilynLes Misérables

 

 

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson is a crazy good actor, and obviously quite handsome to boot.  His brilliant portrayal of John Lennon in Nowhere Boy as well as his hilarious leading role in Kick-Ass most certainly prove that he’s here to stay.  Recently, Aaron starred opposite Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, and he recently wrapped production on the latest revamp of Anna Karenina with Jude Law and Keira Knightley.  He is one to watch, indeed.  Watch out for: Nowhere Boy, Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina

 

Johnny Flynn

I first became a fan of Johnny Flynn because of his music.  He’s released some great albums (check out A Larum and Been Listening), and has collaborated with the likes of Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.  But last October, I saw him in the West End production of Jerusalem during a trip to London, and became a fan of Johnny Flynn, the actor.  I’m also pleased as punch to tell you that I’ve actually met him in person, and he’s very nice.  Johnny is the featured artist on the score of the yet to be released American indie film, A Bag of Hammers, which contains 10 original songs that he wrote and performed.  And this summer and autumn, he’ll be appearing in productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s a bit maddening that someone so good-looking and kind can be so talented too, isn’t it?  Watch out for: A Bag of Hammers soundtrack, Richard III and Twelfth Night

 

Alex Pettyfer

Alex has a reputation as a bad boy (and not necessarily in a good way) in Hollywood, but I’m hopeful that he’s growing out of it.  Featured in films such as I Am Number Four and Beastly, his breakout role is most likely going to be the highly anticipated, upcoming Steven Soderbergh movie Magic Mike, in which Mr Pettyfer plays a male stripper opposite Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.  I highly recommend checking out the trailer for this one, ladies.  Watch out for: Magic Mike

 

Tom Sturridge

With his boy-next-door good looks, Tom Sturridge was an easy pick for this list.  If you haven’t seen The Boat That Rocked (known in the States as Pirate Radio), rent it immediately.  Tom Sturridge is utterly adorable in this film.  And acting is in his blood, as the son of actress Phoebe Nicholls and director Charles Sturridge.  Over the years, he’s also appeared in other movies such as Being Julia and Vanity Fair, and his leading role opposite Rachel Bilson in Waiting for Forever was simply charming.  However, I’m most excited to see Tom in the upcoming film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.  Watch out for: The Boat That Rocked (a.k.a. Pirate Radio), On the Road

 

Dan Stevens

This is for the Downton Abbey fans, of which I most certainly am one.  How could I possibly leave the man who plays the dreamy Matthew Crawley off of this list?  Well, I couldn’t.  Admittedly, I’ve only ever seen Dan in the role which made him famous, but I think it’s a given that we’ll be seeing him in many more projects in the future.  But right now, I’ll take Series 3 of his hit show to tide me over, which I’m very impatiently waiting for.  Watch out for: Downton Abbey

 

I welcome your opinion, so long as you’re not mean-spirited about it.  This is completely subjective, not to be taken at all seriously, and is all in good fun.  So, who makes the cut for your swoonworthy list?

Comments

  1. avatarMarie says

    Your list caters to a younger audience! My favorites include Colin Firth, Stephen Tompkinson, Richard Armitage, and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey’s Mr. Bates).

    • avatarDoreen says

      I’m with Marie and the other over 16 group. I clicked on the link just to vote for Colin Firth

  2. avatarKayleigh says

    There are far too many wince-worthy moments in RPatz’ acting for me to agree he belongs on this list.

  3. avatarAnny says

    I have to admit, when I opened up this article to read I thought, “My God, they all look to be 16!” Of this list, I’ll take Dan Stevens — at least I know he can play a grown-up.

  4. avatarJo says

    Robert Pattinson always looks like he’s either on the verge of either tears or collapse! My vote is for someone with talent, personal style AND looks-and he also knows how to comb his hair! John Barrowman for me!

  5. avatarJoyce says

    Wait a minute, where are the older guys??
    Colin Firth, Hugh Grant???
    Some of those gents are cute to those of us who aren’t 16.

  6. avatarLora says

    I agree with Marie! Aside from Henry Cavill (yum), your list caters to a much younger audience. Give me Colin Firth, Mathew Goode, Hugh Grant, Duncan Ballantyne, David Tennant, and Christian Bale anytime over Robert “I just rolled out of bed hungover” Pattinson.

  7. avatarSaralee says

    You forgot all about Richard Armitage! Run, don’t walk, to find “North and South” (BBC miniseries from 2006) and prepare to swoon over tall, dark, handsome cotton mill owner John Thornton.

  8. avatarNicola says

    I would also add to the list:

    Hugh Grant, although he’s looking older nowadays, but he can still charm the socks off.
    Charlie Siem a young English virtuoso violinist – check him out on google, he’s very hot and very very talented.
    Dominic Cooper – Mamma Mia, The Duchess, History Boys, Starter for 10
    Tom Hiddleston – War Horse, Midnight in Paris, The Avengers
    Matthew Goode – Brideshead Revisited, Watchmen
    Ben Whishaw – Bright Star, The Hour (tv series)

  9. avatarLily says

    I had a crush on Robert Pattinson back in 2005 when I was 14. I’ll always see him as Cedric Diggory.

    Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, David Thewlis, Alan Rickman etc. I first saw Dan Stevens in Sense & Sensibility 08 some years ago. I was pleased when he appeared in Downton Abbey!

  10. avatar says

    I was waiting for Matt Smith! I’m sorry, but a man that looks that lovely in a bow tie and Harris Tweed needs some props. I’d take him over RPatz in a heartbeat. I second David Tennant, though he doesn’t fit in that “up and comer” category.

    • avatarMary says

      about time I seen Matthew Facfadyen name, this man is a Great Actor but Robert and Eddie are coming along fine….thanks for letting me reply

  11. avatarMartha says

    As a lady of more mature years, some on your list can still make my heart flutter. I particularly find Dan Stevens and Henry Cavill attractive. Benedict Cumberbatch is uniquely gorgeous. Is there any man who can reach the level of sophistication and attractiveness that Cary Grant exhibited?

  12. avatarChrissy says

    Where’ the gorgeous Richard Armitage? Apart from being an all round nice Guy, he is a terrific actor, with stunning good looks!!

  13. avatarNicola says

    Check out Aneurin Barnard too, he was in a BBC drama called We’ll Take Manhattan about David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton and a recent film with Minnie Driver called Hunky Dory.

  14. avatarNicola says

    Oh and Jack Whitehall, a stand up comedian and actor (channel 4 Fresh Meat) is also very cute!

  15. avatarKay says

    These guys are all too young! I swoon over Alan Rickman, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Whately, Hugh Laurie… Men are much better when they have a few miles on them!

  16. avatarMe says

    You definitely cater to a younger audience here. They almost all look like boys to me. (and I don’t mean that meanly..it is just true! :) ) Currently, the British men that make me swoon are Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I’m a “Sherlock” fan obviously. Benedict is just otherworldly handsome with those intelligent eyes and that VOICE and Martin Freeman just reminds me so much of my husband I can’t help but love him. :D

  17. avatarShanna May says

    Ladies, ladies, ladies! Y’all (yes, I’m a Yank) need to CHILL! If you would’ve read the second paragraph of this piece, it is a list of the best up-and-coming British actors that are personally swoon-worthy to the author. Sheesh! I know her personally, so trust me when I say she is well-aware and perfectly adoring of many of the other, more mature actors you all list and, though I can’t speak for her, I’m certain she’s more than appreciative of the actors not on her list that you all shared (in fact, I can see her googling the names she’s not familiar with faster than I’d have my panties off if Aaron Johnson was in the same room as me!). So, let’s all just settle down and appreciate each others’ eye-candy shall we, ladies?!

  18. avatarShaw says

    Totally agree on Henry Cavill. I think I’d add the guy who plays the vampire on BBC’s “Being Human” too. As for the others? Meh. Too broody for me :)

  19. avatarBeth says

    I’d go for the older guys too: Colin Firth, Ciarin Hinds, Alan Rickman, Richard Armitage. Oh, i didn’t see anyone mention David Morrisey. I’ve had a thing for him since he played Little John in the Robin Hood with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. My youngest UK crush is Tom Hardy who was in the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy along with Firth, Hinds and the already mentioned Cumberbatch. Speaking of recent movies, I saw Pirates and hadn’t realized Martin Freeman voiced one of the pirates! I’ve had a soft spot for him since Love Actually.

  20. avatarKim Litzow says

    You left out Kit Harington, and Richard Madden of Game of Thrones. Kit was cast in the original London play War Horse, and Richard has been in various tv shows in the UK, recently in Sirens, which unfortunatley was not continued…it was an awesome show. Kit has my vote as the sexiest man alive! But, I am also a huge Henry Cavill fan too.

  21. avatar says

    I read your column this past week, and am currently watching Masterpiece Theatre thinking where have I seen this young hot thing in Birdsong? It was here, in your column— Mr. Eddie Redmayne. Lovely to think of this new crop of young Brits brightening our TV and silver screens of the future!

  22. avatarTina says

    I first saw Andrew Garfield on the Doctor Who series 3 episode “Daleks in Manhattan.” It gets a lot of flack but I really enjoyed that story – not the least because young Mr. Garfield was just lovely. Unlike many, his American accent is absolutely spot on. I first saw Aaron Johnson in “Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging” (an adorable little film – seriously, rent it). Good and worthy choices indeed (Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, always looks stoned for some reason). Unfortunately, they make me feel like a cradle robber. Bring on John Barrowman and Colin Firth. I like a man who knows his way without a road map. :)

  23. avatarDenise says

    Henry Cavill is definitely yummy & Redmayne’s looks have matured wonderfully. Dan Stevens charms with those beautiful eyes. Yet the Armitage & Sewell fan clubs were created for a reason. Also Michael Fassbender keeps getting left out of these lists & i think he is gorgeous as well. Heck Britain just does one more thing better than most. It has so many good looking men!

  24. avatarPamela says

    I agree with Shanna May! Amie CLEARLY said these were UP AND COMERS and her personal faves. Now then, I pretty much love every Englishman the rest of you have mentioned. Seems like a lot of great minds run on the same track! The only other chap who comes to mind for me is James McEvoy, but of course he’s Scottish and a truly brilliant actor. See him in Atonement, The Conspirator, Becoming Jane, The Last King of Scotland and others!

  25. avatar says

    Nice list, I ADORE Raza Jaffrey, Aaron Johnson and Henry Cavill, but I’d have to add my three favorites/my picks for the most beautiful men alive: LUKE PASQUALINO, SHAZAD LATIF (from MI-5) and Ben Barnes! I could add 50 more (Tom Ellis, Ben Mansfield, Ray Panthaki, Christian Cooke, Michael Socha, Elliott Tittensor….) but that’s nitpicking—well done!

  26. avatarBJS says

    Dan Stevens is at the top of my list. Hoping to get to see him for at least 3 more seasons on Downton Abbey.

  27. avatarAmy says

    While I agree the men on your list are cute they are all so young.. I have to say that for me the smart, funny ones always rule.. David Mitchell .. makes me swoon.. I like Lee Mack, Hugh Bonneville, Colin Firth and I adore Martin Clunes.. especially younger Martin with those lips.. sweat falls from brow, fans self, bites lip.. :)

  28. avatarKaren119 says

    I’m voting for the older guys, too. Give me (in no particular order) Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Dan Stevens, Brendan Coyle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, and Christian Bale. I’m sure there are more British hunks out there but these will do for now.

  29. avatarBeth says

    As I already mentioned, I tend to go for the older guys and I understand this list is for the up-and-comers. However, an up-and-comer list should include Tom Hiddlestone (from Cranford, War Horse, Henry IV & V, and now famous in America for the Avengers movies), Tom Hardy (Wuthering Heights, The Dark Knight Rises, and Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy), and Domhnall Gleason (from Richard Curtis’s recent movie About Time, the Harry Potter movies, and the upcoming Star Wars movie). Speaking of the Harry Potter movies, I’d definitely suggest Matthew Lewis who portrayed Neville in the films as an attractive Brit for younger women. He’s really grown up into a handsome young man. Since his HP days, he’s acted in a play on the West End, and IMDB has him listed as in pre-production for a film or tv series The Brontes, playing the brother to Charlotte, Anne and Emily.

    • avatarMarilyn Crosbie says

      There are a few more that I like: Alistair MacKenzie (Archie MacDonald on the Monarch of the Glen), Allen Leech (Branson on Downton Abbey), Rob James-Collier who plays Thomas on Downton Abbey. In the older set, there is also Hugh Bonneville. I have always like Hugh Grant. I also like Julian Ovenden, who plays Foyle’s son and is also in Downton Abbey.

  30. avatarMerridith says

    Jamie Campbell Bower!! I’m sorry but that man is a fox…and he can sing! <3

  31. avatar says

    I LOVE this list! All my up-and-coming faves are on it – plus some new ones to check out. I am digging Henry Cavill in Tudors (I’m rewatching the series for the 4th time). Eddie Redmayne has been in some great productions!

  32. avatarMarie C. says

    I agree with your list and yes, most are of the younger genre…Now there’s an “in between” generation that I want to add, I think you may have left out Jim Sturgess (you’ll fall for him in “Across the Universe” or “Upside Down” & if not, then watch “One Day” with Anne Hathaway-you’ll definitely be swooning for him then!) along with Matthew Goode (who didn’t adore him playing the funny gangly Irish chap who owned the pub in Leap Year, or in “Match Point” starring Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyer-some would say he should be on the list too!) Now I’m not quite sure if your list only caters for British actors, so I would like to add Andy Brown from the band “Lawson” who is also worthy to be on the list!

  33. avatarLesley says

    James Purefoy? Idris Elba? Jason Isaacs? Sean Bean? For us “older ladies”. And my all time favourite Colin Firth.

  34. avatarMarilyn Crosbie says

    Don’t forget handsome Jason O’Mara who played in Berkeley Square in 1993 and the Monarch of the Glen!