Mr. Darcy's popularity is such that our little throwdown poll this week went viral. Several avid supporters voted repeatedly for their favorite Darcy, spiraling the numbers upward every time we took a peek. Before the voting went out of control, the three Mr. Darcys were amazingly close, enjoying an almost even three-way split (32-34-34) . The voting went back and forth, with Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen maintaining only a slight edge over Elliot Cowan. Then, the next time I looked, our little poll had received over 500 additional votes, and the votes began to heavily outpace the number of visitors to our blog, which meant multiple votes for one candidate from only a few I.P. addresses.
Even though the results are skewed, I can only conclude that Mr. Colin Firth is no longer sitting at the top of the Darcy heap, and that he has two viable contenders. Matthew Macfadyen has been challenging him for the top position for four years. That Elliot Cowan has made such a strong showing after his recent performance in a JA spoof speaks to his hunk factor and comedic talents.
As for me, I love all the Mr. Darcys, including Laurence Olivier's turn and David Rintoul's rather stiff performance. All I can say is: Thank you for voting. The final results sit in the original post. - Vic