“I’ve always thought that it can’t be me they’re responding to, it’s the character.  It’s Elizabeth Gaskell they should be sending the presents to.” (Sunday Times Culture Magazine - April, 2006)

“What I don’t get is that I didn’t write the character.  I suppose I get the attention because the author’s dead.  If Elizabeth Gaskell were still alive, they’d write to her, I think.” (The Independent on Sunday - April, 2006)

RA, on the female response to his portrayal of John Thornton

Richard has always been beautiful, but I have to admit that I find him most attractive now, at 42. The toe-curling, drop-dead gorgeous, kind of attractive.

And I love that he’s appearing so relaxed and comfortable in public these days (as evidenced by the Anglophile teaser video and other recent interviews). I think playing in The Hobbit has given him a huge boost of confidence and he is more comfortable just putting himself out there. That’s made him even more irresistible, if that’s possible!  Here’s me, swooning and hardly able to breathe…

Tracey Nearmy photo (originally from RAnet.com)