The hero inspiration for Ally's latest book has been a long time in the making. Her computer has been filled with phtos of him for years. And now she is willing to share with you one of the loves of her life...
I have wanted to use this guy as the basis for a hero in yonks. In forever. Since the day I realised I could! But I’ve never found him the right vehicle. Probably because I have always written sweet romances and I think that this guy is just about one of the sexiest on the planet.
This picture alone inspired a whole book - Getting Down to Business was born of nothing more than this picture. This crumpled, just got out of bed, picture. I love everything about it. The black top, the straight stare, the stubble, the mussed hair. Isn't he delicious? Needless to say this was my first attempt at a sexier book, and I totally blame Jeremy!
With that upper-class Brit accent, that dark curling hair, those beautiful dark eyes, that crooked smile makes him is just too yummy for words. He seems a seducer, a cad, a bad boy with just enough scruffiness in his mien that I am forever sure he can be tamed.
I had dinner with an author friend in
A regular in British period pieces he plays great bad guys. Or guys who are not quite as nice as they seem. Or good guys who are terribly flawed, but so gorgeously forgivable. The sexily unforgiving inspector in Enigma. The charismatic and patient Mr Knightly to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma.
To my mind the uptight, lovelorn lawyer in The Winslow Boy is his piece de resistance. This is a small film, set in the
If you haven’t seen it – do! It is a lovely story, an uplifting story, a great piece of filmmaking and a lesson in the art of subtle seduction. Jeremny plays Sir Robert Morton - a snooty conservative lawyer and politician and the beautiful romance plays out between him and Catherine Winslow, the older sister of the accused boy and a confidant, quietly sassy suffragette.
And then afterwards, listen to the director’s commentary on the DVD. There you will discover that Jeremy himself insisted upon adding that element to the relationship. He insisted upon a tension, a romance that didn’t need to be there for the story to have worked, but which gave the film such an added layer of pathos, and poignancy and warmth that would otherwise have been missing. If you don’t go all warm and fuzzy all over during the last scene of that film, then I don’t know what!
- He was born in Cambridge.
- He is
Jeremy Northam – welcome to the club!
Though you can be one of the first to read about Abbey and Flynn by checking out an except online now!
And count along with how many of the above pitcures made it into her book ;).