Your Favorite Mr. Bingley
Crispin Bonham-Carter, Pride and Prejudice 1995
A director and distant cousin of Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin played a polite Mr. Bingley who was always patient with Mrs. Bennet while not taking his eyes off Jane. The BBC said of Crispin's Bingley: "Mr Bingley is that wonderful combination of both nice, handsome and rich." Nice, yes. But also a bit boring. Would you agree? Crispin's acting career has been steady and consistent since his turn as Mr. Darcy's side kick.
Simon's Mr. Bingley was an eager adoring puppy to Matthew Macfadyen's Mr. Darcy. Simon's next big role was as young Dr. Harrison in Cranford, showing that he does have leading man material. About his role as Bingley, Simon said: "Basically, his aim is to get married and, once married, to buy an estate and become a proper landed gentleman." Ho hum. One also assumes that Bingley must beget children. Let's hope his politeness ends at the bedroom door.
Tom Mison's Mr. Bingley presents a twist in the Mr. Bingley oeuvre. His Bingley becomes a blubbering, crying fool for losing Jane to Mr. Collins and he actually turns on Mr. Darcy and blames him for his misstep! Tom turns in a comic performance that fits right in with the zany script, for in the end he does get his Jane. She must divorce Mr. Collins in order to be with her man, and thus the two set off for the COLONIES to avoid scandal. Such fun.