I am a woman of a certain age and of certain sensibilities—of the Jane Austen variety. I like my male romantic leads in stories that I read—and that I write—to be:
- effortlessly handsome yet not narcissistic about his appearance;
as Harry Kennedy in “The Vicar of Dibley”, 2006
- smoulderingly stubborn, in that he has not been swayed to change the way that he lives his life … yet;
as Sir Guy of Gisborne in “Robin Hood”, 2009
- gentlemanly to a fault, despite his underlying passions that threaten to erupt at any moment (oh goody!);
as John Thornton in “North & South”, 2004
- employing his skills and talents toward a lofty purpose, though often misunderstood;
as Lucas North in “Spooks”, 2009
- and, seemingly unattainable, because every woman loves a challenge;
as John Porter in “Chris Ryan’s Strike Back”, 2010 (original)
So whenever I think of the endlessly talented British actor Richard Armitage in one of his many character incarnations—or even as just himself—I am inspired to reflect upon and paraphrase dear Jane Austen:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a” large fan following, we “take an eager interest” in his next character portrayal.
Richard Armitage, Jane Hotel photoshoot, 2016
P.S. Thanks to the following ladies who had earlier shared the images above (in the order shown):
Katie K., Simonne M., Olga, RAFrance, Isabelle W, and Simonne M.