[Part Three of Three. Catch up with Part One here and Part Two here.]
7. Rufus Sewell: His roles ping-pong all over the place, from kings to drug addicts to Italian detectives. He usually manages to insert a gust of squirrelly recklessness to stir things up.
Where to see him: One result of his willingness to ping-pong is that Rufus Sewell has been in lots and lots of things. Personal favorites, however, are his louche Seth Starkadder in the satire Cold Comfort Farm (Rec. #158) and his cross-dressing Petruchio in a Taming of the Shrew adaptation.
8. Toby Stephens: Blessed with an intimidating acting pedigree (his mother is Dame Maggie Smith), he and his aristocratic profile have risen to the challenge.
Where to see him: He's been doing mainly British television recently, but, most importantly, he played Mr. Rochester in the only Jane Eyre adaptation that hasn't made me want to hurl something through a window.
9. Dan Stevens: So much better-looking in the newest Sense and Sensibility than on Downton Abbey. Julian Fellowes, next time please check with Andrew Davies for costuming tips and creative ways to make Stevens get his kit off.
Where to see him: He made his screen debut in a hilariously awful Dracula adaptation (oh, Masterpiece, what were you thinking?), but quickly made up for it with stellar work in The Line of Beauty. And the 2008 Sense and Sensibility really is quite good.
10. David Tennant: Yes, yes, yes, Doctor Who, I know. But to me he will always be the singing police detective from Blackpool.
Where to see him: He not only sings in Blackpool --- he dances, too. And he makes lovelorn googly eyes at Sarah Parish. David Morrissey, as a megalomaniac casino owner, also sings, and it is wonderful.
Lesson of the day: Let Andrew Davies tell your costume designers what to do.