Taken from my blog:
Before I started A Secret Desire I had a clear image of the hero. Tall, dark, aloof and kind of grumpy. As soon as I saw the BBC's TV series Lost In Austen, I knew I had the right image of Leo, Lord Warhurst. I don't always need actual actors or models as inspiration for my characters. In fact, I find it impedes my own creativity instead of helping it because I start to think of my character as being like the character they portrayed in a movie, or perhaps how I perceive the actor to be in real life based on trashy magazine articles. Not that I read trashy magazines. (Cough).
I knew nothing about the actor who played Darcy in Lost In Austen and I didn't want to. The way he portrayed Darcy in the show was exactly how I wanted him to be in A Secret Desire. From time to time I referred back to the images I downloaded of him to help keep me on track, or help with a certain description. It worked.
So you want to know who I'm talking about? Here's some images, including THAT lake scene.
But my heroine in A Secret Desire is nothing like the Lost In Austen heroine. Straight away I knew mine was a Cate Blanchett double. Willowy, clever, no-nonsense and able to change her appearance so she can either be plain or beautiful.