‘Ripper Street’ stars Macfadyen, 1880s London

January 18, 2013 • Entertainment

This undated publicity photo released by BBC shows, Matthew Macfadyen starring as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, in a scene from “Ripper Street” on BBC America which debuts Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, 9 ET. (AP Photo/BBC, Tiger Aspect, Jonathan Hession)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Macfadyen is perfectly presentable in jeans and a crewneck sweater that coordinates nicely with the blue of his eyes.

But the look is far from the elegant attire he wore as Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth in the 2005 film “Pride & Prejudice.” And his posture is just as casual, which he acknowledges might offend the aristocratic character’s diehard fans.

“You’re slouching! What are you doing? Stand up straight, man!” Macfadyen says, teasing himself.

He looks back fondly on what he calls the “iconic” role drawn from Jane Austen’s novel. But the British actor who’s also known to audiences for his part as an intelligence officer in the series “MI-5″ (“Spooks” in the U.K.) welcomes the chance to switch gears.

“I, as most actors, want to mix it up and do different things. Otherwise it gets boring and tiresome, Login to read more

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