May 1, 2015 Small Talk Will the Real Mr. Darcy Please Stand Up? Sadie Stein, contributing editor at the Paris Review, fills us in on the possible real-life inspiration for the "Pride and Prejudice" heartthrob Mr. Darcy. by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 miniseries "Pride and Prejudice." Photo Credit: BBC Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter.