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Colin Firth as Mr Darcy set the standard when he emerged from the lake with his wet shirt clinging to his chest, but who followed suit? From sideburns to shirtsleeves, sword fights to topless wanders, see who else made the list.
It's the new man on the block and boy has he stirred up quite a storm. The royal Russian character is from the adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. His beautiful wife, Lise, is pregnant with their first child. Yet he despises the silly, shallow world of St Petersburg society. When war breaks out, he enlists as an adjutant on General Kutuzov’s staff and leaves his wife at his fierce father’s remote country estate. It’s the chance he's been waiting for to find glory and purpose. Picture: BBC
Easily one of THE most iconic scenes in period drama history. When Mr Darcy took a dip in the lake and decided to walk back to Pemberley, shirt clinging to his chest, whip in hand... it's making us go giddy just thinking about it. This was not Jane Austen's work but the 'Pride and Prejudice' TV series screen-play writer, Andrew Davies. So it's him that's we have to thank for the period drama hunks taking their tops off! Mmm... Picture: BBC/YouTube
Phwoar! We've seen this picture A LOT here at Heart but we just can't get enough! Not only is Ross Poldark a Cornish landowner, a former soldier and a man just wants to do good. Besides, he LOVES to get his hands dirty. To say that we're jealous of Eleanor Tomlinson who plays Mrs Demelza Poldark. We can't wait for the next series and if the writers are listening: more scenes of Poldark without his top on please.
Richard Sharpe was a fictional British soldier who was fighting all over the world for King and country. It was Mr Bean (not the Rowan Atkinson character!) who brought Bernard Cornwell's novel character alive. The last series 'Sharpe's Peril' was aired on our screens in 2008 and we know that there are more of the novels that could still be made into a film. There's no fooling us #BringBackSharpe
'The Tudors' was one of the sauciest, sexiest, gripping period dramas that has ever graced our TV screens. And despite being a tyrant, we almost forgave King Henry because he was this good-looking. But in the end the temper was too much for us to handle and six wives later, he reached the end of his life. We know King Henry VIII wasn't so great at the marriage thing, but if he looked like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, we'd say yes...
We are still reeling in shock at the ending of series 4 'Game Of Thrones' *spoiler alert* when Jon Snow was brutally stabbed to death by Alliser Thorne for being a traitor (which we still refuse to believe by the way). RUMOUR HAS IT that he's not actually dead though and might make a return to our screens in the next series... What can we say? We can hope.
Passionate, angsty and moody: We fancied Heathcliff when he was just fictional character on the pages of Emily Brontë's novel so we almost couldn't contain our excitement when we saw it was Tom Hardy that would be portraying him on our TV screens. Swoon. Picture: Rex
Jane Austen strikes back - blimey this woman knows how to create a hunk! Edward falls in love with Elinor Dashwood (Emma Thompson). However, in Edward is first described as "not handsome" Not handsome?! It sounds like the casting director didn't read the book because who would cast Hugh Grant as someone who is "not handsome"? Certainly not us. We know this isn't technically a TV series, it's a 1995 film, but we just can't resist a chance to look at Hugh Grant in dashing costume!
We were distraught when Sir Julian Fellows wrote out Lady Mary's one true love. Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens, survived fighting in WWI but unfortunately was killed in a car accident after visiting his wife and newborn son in hospital. We shed a tear but mostly because he would no longer be on our screens on a cold, wintery Sunday night. Besides, we love a man in uniform.
'Great Expectations' follows the story of Pip who is on a journey to become a true gentleman. Charles Dickens' novel has been adapted many times but it was newbie Douglas Booth that stole our hearts. Since 'Great Expectations' Douglas went on to play Romeo in 'Romeo & Juliet'. He was obviously borne to be heartthrob.
Okay, so we know that no one can beat Colin Firth as the hottest Mr Darcy but Matthew McFadyen won our hearts firstly on 'Spooks'. When he played opposite Keira Knightly in the film adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' our hearts melted yet again. Look at that steely stare. C'mon, even you couldn't resist!