London, Jan 11: One in ten women between the ages of 25 and 54 consider cold and complicated Christian Grey of "mummy porn" Fifty Shades Of Grey, the most perfect fictional gentleman.
But Pride And Prejudice's dashing Mark Darcy - who was initially similarly cold and complicated to Elizabeth Bennett - won the most votes overall, and has been voted the perfect fictional gentleman overall in the nationwide poll of British women, the Daily Mail reported.
Jan Austen's upper-crust character, brought to life by actor Colin Firth in the 1995 hit BBC mini-series, was named number one by almost a third (29.60 percent) of British women polled.
He was followed by suave British spy James Bond (12.4 percent), first made world famous by handsome Scot Sean Connery in the 1962 movie 'Dr. No.'
Five other actors went on to play the debonair secret agent, with Daniel Craig the latest with his most recent box office smash 'Skyfall.'
And proof that women love a prince in real life or fantasy, the stock character Prince Charming was third, stealing one tenth of the vote.
The research of 1,000 women across the UK was commissioned by Johnson Cleaners in a bid to find who and what makes a gentleman in both fiction and reality.
Noble Noah from tear-jerker 'The Notebook,' played by Ryan Gosling, was the most popular fictional gentleman with women under 25.
A quarter of women of all ages told researchers they wished their partner or husband was more like their favourite celebrity gentleman. This rose to a third of women in Northern Ireland.
But this figure drops to five percent of all women in the UK insisting the infamous Christian Grey was their perfect fictional gent. But that's still some 1.25 million ladies. (ANI)