Although Mr. Darcy is the richest, so he gets a slight edge. Plus he's snarky, which I love. Colonel Brandon is too nice - he would drive me crazy. Mr. Knightley is OK, but he is a bit of a crab. Frederick Wentworth is too wishy-washy - he should have just told Anne to forget her relatives and go to sea with him.
Although if I had a choice, I'd probably take Matthew MacFadyen. Colin Firth is wonderful too, but there's just something about MacFadyen...
I agree with entmaiden - being snarky and also extremely rich are both huge plusses. Also there's something about a guy who is standoffish to the rest of the world but totally hooked on you, and he clearly treats those he loves very well (Georgiana). It's been awhile since I read Persuasion, but I remember Wentworth as being too timid for me, plus I wouldn't want a seafaring life. Knightley was pretty great, but still no Darcy. Brandon is a bit too old for me, but I'd love to have him as a neighbor!
He is constant, loving and gentle (as played by Alan Rickman, anyhow), not TOO old for me (although, perhaps, a little old for Marianne), and dare I mention it--wealthy. Brave, sensitive, etc. etc. I'm not too big on poetry, so he wouldn't have to be reading it to me.
PS Patty I've been on a "Jane Eyre" kick this week. Watched an old version with Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston because someone on imdb said it was the best. Not even close. But then I just had to watch Timothy & Zelah show them all how it should be done . . .
He's really irreproachable))! I think Mattew is more suitable, because he had given rise to my sympathy more than Colin. Mattew really looks like poor enamoured of Lizzie=) Other characters are interesting too, but only Mr. Darcy "had bewitched my soul"=))