The 22 All-Time Hottest Hunks Of PBS
22. Norm Abram
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Handy with tools (IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN), has an eye for design, cool specs.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 6/10. Sure, he’s got a ’70s dad vibe going on, but that’s what flies on the Brooklyn–Portland circuit these days.
21. Ian Richardson
JOB DESCRIPTION: Starred in the original BBC House of Cards, which aired on PBS in 1991.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Vague air of menace, patrician features.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 6/10. Would pick over Kevin Spacey, no lie.
20. Tavis Smiley
JOB DESCRIPTION: Hosts his own daily talk show.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Highly principled, has a cool name.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 6/10. Points subtracted because he always looks mad about something.
19. Kenneth Branagh
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays gruff-sad Swedish Detective Wallander in a BBC series on Masterpiece Mystery.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Good stubble, comfortable with introspection, appreciates Shakespeare.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 6/10. Gives off vibes of being secretly pretty fun.
18. Shaun Evans
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays young Inspector Morse in the mystery series Endeavour.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Broods attractively, good hair.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 7/10. Relatively unknown stateside and thus undervalued stock. Now’s the time to get on board, ladies.
17. Nathaniel Parker
JOB DESCRIPTION: Played the oh-so uppercrusty Inspector Lynley.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Strong brows, firm jaw, an aura of unwavering commitment.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 7/10. Your classic, gracefully aging British hottie.
16. Bill Nye
JOB DESCRIPTION: Science Guy.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Super-smart (but not in, like, an elitist way), wants to save the world, smooth moves (see above).
HUNKITUDE RATING: 7/10. Points subtracted because it’s sort of like crushing on your seventh-grade chemistry teacher.
15. Charlie Rose
JOB DESCRIPTION: Interviewin’ people.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Good chin cleft, not afraid to ask the tough questions.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 7/10. Even now, when the spotlights hit his comb-over just right and he gets that sassy glint in his eye, Charlie’s STILL GOT IT.
14. Jason Isaacs
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays Detective Jackson Brodie on the mystery series Case Histories.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Cute little sticky-outy ears, piercing gaze.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. Takes a true hunk to be totally likable despite playing Lucius Malfoy.
13. LeVar Burton
JOB DESCRIPTION: Host of Reading Rainbow.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Loves books, good with kids, great smile.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. Don’t deny you watched Reading Rainbow for a FEW MORE YEARS than was strictly necessary.
12. Damian Lewis
JOB DESCRIPTION: Before there was Agent Brody, there was the uber-creep Soames Forsyte on The Forsyte Saga.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Excellent red hair, truly piercing eyes, walks the fine line between tough guy and sensitive mess.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. Has only improved in hotness since his costume drama days, which bodes well for the future.
11. Shelby Foote
JOB DESCRIPTION: A historian featured in Ken Burns’ The Civil War.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Silver fox, Southern drawl, comprehensive and subtle understanding of American history.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. (RIP, but still.)
10. Alan Cumming
JOB DESCRIPTION: Host of Masterpiece Mystery.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. NB, he’s out and proud!
9. Dan Stevens
JOB DESCRIPTION: The artist formerly known as Cousin Matthew on Downton Abbey.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Cute floppy hair, posh accent, indie-lit cred.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 8/10. Should probably stay blonde, though.
8. Eddie Redmayne
JOB DESCRIPTION: Played a tragically soulful WWI soldier in the miniseries Birdsong.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Freckles, eyes, hair, voice of an angel.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 9/10. Possible that his gingery hair color is actually caused by spillover/excess face hotness.
7. George Rainsford
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays the tragically friend-zoned Jimmy on Call the Midwife.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Beautiful hair, good intentions, rocks a tweed.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 9/10. Related: Are you watching Call the Midwife? Oh my god, watch it.
6. Fred Rogers
JOB DESCRIPTION: Delighting children for 33 years.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Generosity, nice sweaters, positive attitude, great hair.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 9/10. Don’t even front like you wouldn’t hit that.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch
JOB DESCRIPTION: Do I really have to tell you this? SHERLOCK.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Artistic talent, weird hotness (which is hotter than normal hotness), charming embarrassment over fandom built on aforementioned weird hotness.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 9/10. STEP ASIDE, CUMBERBITCHES.
4. Allen Leech
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays tragically now-single DILF/former chauffeur Branson on Downton Abbey.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Brilliant Irish accent (which, fun fact, was actually the reason Julian Fellowes made his character Irish), most adorable grin ever.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 9/10. Firmly believe that Branson has always been hunkier than Cousin Matthew (although the combo of both together is the hunkiest of all).
3. Sir David Attenborough
JOB DESCRIPTION: Exploring the wonders of the natural world, basically forever, most recently in a miniseries on Nature.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Love for animals, scientific know-how, foxy British accent.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 10/10, in his prime.
2. Jeremy Irons + Anthony Andrews
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: I mean, can we just keep looking at the photo?
HUNKITUDE RATING: 10/10. Package deal takes it to another order of hotness magnititude.
1. Laurence Fox
JOB DESCRIPTION: Plays Sergeant Hathaway on the mystery series Inspector Lewis.
HUNKIEST ATTRIBUTES: Ruggedly handsome features, soulful affect, looks sharp in a suit.
HUNKITUDE RATING: 10/10. Feel with 100% certainty that if Sergeant Hathaway were real, I would be married to him.
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