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The 22 All-Time Hottest Hunks Of PBS

Don't you ever try to tell me public television isn't sexy.

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22. Norm Abram

JOB DESCRIPTION: Master carpenter on This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop.

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.

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.

16. Bill Nye

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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.


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.


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.


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

JOB DESCRIPTION: Made their names in the original Brideshead Revisited, which aired on PBS in 1982.

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.