Jane Austen wrote some of the most enduring love stories of all time, but the actors and actresses who star in film and television adaptations of her work can inspire a lot of lust. Maybe it’s hard to see their inherent hotness when they’re stuck in frumpy dresses and fussy cravats, but the 20 actors and actresses on our list are drop dead sexy in real modern life.
For those of you who think the only appeal of a Jane Austen miniseries or movie adaptation is the fantasy of a spirited and smart girl landing a rich guy, be forewarned. These films are full of eye candy.
Whether it’s the busty and beautiful Michelle Ryan and Hayley Atwell from Mansfield Park or the smoldering Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice, the actors who inhabit the roles of Jane Austen’s heroes and heroines can appear in our Regency-era and modern day fantasies.
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