(Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are an exception.) After interrogating men and women from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as consulting an expert, a few theories emerged.

Related: Jennifer, 29, an American married to a Londoner, thinks a lot of the initial attraction to Englishmen boils down to the persuasive power of romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant and the irresistible, charming English human weapon known as Jude Law."It's definitely those English romances that make British guys seem so attractive, funny, witty, and proper," she said.

The night I met George, the epitome of a charming Englishman, I was immediately drawn to him. After a long night out wandering the city with George, he put me into a cab. It hadn't even crossed my mind, but after the aloof coolness of the hipsters who populated my alma mater, Englishmen—with their jokes and their endearing awkwardness and their humor—were a welcome change.

Even though he wasn't stereotypically handsome, he was delightful and quick to make fun of himself—and to tease me: the typical American. When I wrote my college friend Rachel about George, she wrote back: What is with you and English guys?

Their dating website Date British came about after one of his blokes asked the couple to introduce him to more American women.

"I remember being 19 in England with a pack of guys just awkwardly standing together drinking beer and waiting for something to happen," Elman said.

As well as matching you with potential partners, it gives a real insight into how you behave in relationships, and what really makes relationships work. When using the site, members can only communicate through Parship’s anonymous contact and messaging system.

At all points, you choose whether you supply another member with further personal details.

It's certainly true for me and other American women who live by Jane Austen's canon and never miss an episode of Downton Abbey: We're primed to put English men on a pedestal.

This frequent phenomenon, paired with the romantically timid disposition of many English men, works wonders."Most British men are terrified of rejection," said Jean Smith, a cultural anthropologist living in London.

Lucy, an IBM Programme Manager who met Pete through Parship two years ago, says: “I loved the compatibility test where I then stood a chance of meeting someone who I really was compatible with.