*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.
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
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
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 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 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 Marilyn, Les Misérables
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
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 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
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
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?