When it comes to picking and choosing between our favourite actors we tend to stick to those individuals who grace the big screen. In other words, we focus almost entirely on Hollywood hunks. However, that’s not exactly fair. After all, most of us watch a movie once a week or so but we watch our favourite TV shows almost daily (and if we’re perfectly honest, it is not at all unusual for us to race through a whole season in a day or two).
As such, it only makes sense that this time we’d like everyone to focus on TV cuties. Of course, that’s not to say that some of the TV hunks below have never bagged film roles. In fact, some of them are known as much for their film work as for their TV projects. Indeed, some of them started off doing TV work and then shifted to film. Before they knew it, they were starring in blockbuster movies. Still, quite a few actors below have stuck to TV shows, and we are grateful to them for it.
Most of us had a crush on all these TV hunks at one point or another in our lives. But do we have a soft spot for them in our hearts to this day? Let’s find out! In return for choosing favourite TV cuties we’ll match everyone with their star sign.
Kit Harington is one of those TV actors who need no introduction. After all, he has been cast in one of the most popular TV shows out there - HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Harrington plays the lead role of Jon Snow in it (IMDb), the son of Lord Eddard Stark’s sister Lyanna and the late Prince of Dragonstone, Rhaegar Targaryen (Game of Thrones Wiki). He has been on quite a few adventures throughout the course of the show. Recently he bowed down to the Mother of Dragons.
Dominic Purcell is a popular Australian actor best known for his TV work. Most of us tend to associate Purcell with his role of Lincoln Burrows in Fox’s famous TV drama series that was on air from 2005 to 2009 although according to IMDb, the show has recently been revived. Lincoln is a high-school dropout who is wrongfully accused of a crime that he did not commit. Luckily, his brother is determined to help him break out before it is too late.
Andrew Lincoln is a handsome man who is most often associated with a popular post-apocalyptic thriller TV series (season one of which was released in 2010 and season nine – the last season – of which was released in 2018). According to IMDb, on the show Lincoln portrays the show’s protagonist and former sheriff’s deputy, Rick Grimes. Over the course of the engaging show Rick becomes the leader of a tough group of survivors who do all they can to fight zombies.
Jared Padalecki first rose to fame in the early 00’s for his role of Dean Forester, Rory Gilmore’s first boyfriend, in the comedy drama TV series Gilmore Girls (a show that was not very popular at the time of its initial release but which has garnered a serious cult following since). Nowadays however he is more often than not associated with the dark fantasy TV series Supernatural in which he portrays Sam Winchester, brother of Dean Winchester and a hunter of supernatural beings (IMDb).
Daniel Gillies is without doubt best known for his role of the Original Vampire Elijah Mikaelson on the supernatural TV drama The Vampire Diaries. He later reprized his role in the show’s spin-off The Originals (a show that focused on the Original vampires as opposed to the Elena/Damon/Stefan love triangle). The Vampire Diaries and The Originals were not the only two supernatural series that Gillies has ever appeared in. Indeed, some might recognize him as Dr. Joel Goran from the supernatural medical TV drama Saving Hope (IMDb).
The skilled actor Ian Harding came to prominence when he landed the role of Ezra Fitz on the teen drama mystery thriller TV series Pretty Little Liars. Ezra is first introduced to us as a handsome English teacher who has a secret relationship with one of the show’s protagonists, Aria Montgomery. Harding has won as many as seven Teen Choice Awards (out of eight nominations according to IMDb) for his role in this popular TV series that was on air between 2010 and 2017.
Who’d pick and who’d pass on Cillian Murphy? This handsome actor has starred in plenty of movies but he has not said no to TV projects either. Indeed, when most of us think of Murphy today we can’t help but think of the popular crime drama TV series Peaky Blinders, season one of which came out in 2013. On the show, Murphy plays the role of Thomas “Tommy” Shelby, a World War I veteran and the leader of the Peaky Blinders gang (IMDb).
The role of Dan Humphrey in the once very popular TV series Gossip Girl (on air between 2007 and 2012) was the role that made Penn Badgley into a star. As fans of the show are probably well aware, Dan was a student at St. Jude's School for Boys. He was from Brooklyn and as such was at odds with wealthy teenagers from Upper East Side. However, if you have watched the show to the very end you probably recall that it was none other than Dan who turned out to be “Gossip Girl” (IMDb).
Chad Michael Murray?
While Chad Michael Murray is nowhere near as popular as he was back in the early 00’s there is no denying that he is as cute as ever. He has starred in quite a few TV shows over the course of his professional life so pretty much everyone should recognize him. For example, he played the role of Lucas Scott in the TV series One Tree Hill (on air between 2003 and 2012) and the role of SSR Agent Jack Thompson in the TV series Agent Carter (on air from 2015 to 2016). You might have also glimpsed him in Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek (IMDb).
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau rose to international fame after he was cast as Jaime Lannister in the popular fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones. Jaime is often referred to as kingslayer (because he took the life of the King that he was serving). He is also known for having a romantic relationship with his sister Cersei and for being the biological father of the now deceased King Joffrey. It was for this role that Coster-Walday was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics Choice Television Award (IMDb).
Charlie Heaton is best known for his role of Jonathan Byers on the popular Netflix science fiction thriller TV series Stranger Things. On the show Jonathan is a quiet teenager who hopes to become a famous photographer and who dates Nancy Wheeler. Heaton hasn’t appeared in much else. Prior to landing the role that made him famous he played a minor role in the crime drama TV series DCI Banks and a minor role in the medical drama TV series Casualty (IMDb).
Fans of the famous fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones will of course best know this talented actor as Khal Drogo, a powerful warlord of the Dothraki people and the husband of Daenerys Targaryen. Initially we didn’t really like him, or agree with the way that he went about choosing a wife. However, pretty much everyone was upset when he passed away. Still, Game of Thrones is not the only TV show that this hunk has appeared in. Prior to landing the role of Khal Drogo he starred in the military science fiction TV series Stargate Atlantis. Currently he portrays Declan Harp in Netflix’s historical period drama TV series Frontier (IMDb).
Wentworth Miller rose to fame when he bagged the role of Michael Scofield in Fox’s popular TV drama that was on air between 2005 and 2009 (but which, as we have mentioned already, has recently been revived). Michael is a structural engineer who gives up not only his job but also his life so as to break out his innocent brother from jail. It was for this role that Miller was nominated not only for five Teen Choice Awards but also for one Golden Globe Award (IMDb).
Aaron Paul is without doubt best known for his role of Jesse Pinkman in the very popular TV series Breaking Bad, which was on air from 2008 to 2013. He has won a number of awards for this role, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, one Critics Choice TV Award and one Screen Actors Guild Award. Fun fact: According to IMDb, the show’s creator Vince Gilligan knew from the very beginning that Paul was the man for the role but had to convince the AMC executives that the actor was not too attractive to play Jesse!
Most people will probably agree that Ed Westwick is one of the biggest cuties on TV. Today we naturally link him to the role that made him famous, that of Chuck Bass on the teen drama TV series Gossip Girl. On the show Chuck is a student at St. Jude’s and the son of a successful New York real estate mogul. He is incredibly amoral and loves women and alcohol more than anything else in the world. Most fans of the show have been rooting for him and Blair Waldorf ever since season one of the show aired (IMDb).
Chris O’Donnell landed his first acting gig all the way back in 1986 when he was cast as Evan in the comedy drama series Jack and Mike. He appeared in only one episode and for a while turned his attention to film. Today however we tend to associate him with his TV projects. For example, Grey’s Anatomy fans might recall that he portrayed Meredith Grey’s love interest Finn Dandridge (also known as “McVet”) on the famous medical drama whereas fans of NCIS: Los Angeles are without doubt well aware that he plays the lead role of NCIS Special Agent in Charge G. Callen in the popular action TV series (IMDb).
Who’d say yes and who’d say no to Norman Reedus? Reedus is a talented actor who is best known for his role of Daryl Dixon, a member of a group of survivors and the protagonist’s trusted lieutenant, in a popular post-apocalyptic TV series that was based on a comic book series and which first aired all the way back in 2010. Apart from that, he hasn’t starred in all that many TV shows but his filmography is rather extensive (IMDb).
When the Original Vampire Klaus Mikaelson was first introduced to The Vampire Diaries we were quick to fall for him (as well as the actor who portrayed him, Joseph Morgan). Morgan is handsome and charismatic and the fact that he was cast as a villain only made him that more attractive. Indeed, Morgan’s character was so popular with the fans that a spin-off series called The Originals (IMDb) aired a few years after Klaus first appeared on the little screen.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those actors who are known not only for their TV work but also for their film work. Still, let us stick to his TV projects for now. He became known as a prominent TV actor when he landed the titular role in the crime drama TV series Sherlock which first came out in 2010. Last year he also starred in Patrick Melrose, a five-part miniseries. He not only played the titular character in it but also served as the show’s executive producer (IMDb).
Who’d pick and who’d pass Adam Scott? Most of us associate Scott with his role of Ben Wyatt in the famous TV series Parks and Recreation that was on air between 2009 and 2015. Of course, that was not the only TV series that Scott has starred in over the course of his professional life. You might have also seen him in Party Down (in which he played the role of Henry Pollard), Big Little Lies (in which he portrays Ed Mackenzie) and The Good Place (in which he stars as Trevor according to IMDb).
While Matthew Fox is no stranger to the big screen he is more often than not associated with the small screen. For example, we tend to link him to shows such as the teen and family drama TV series Party of Five (on air from 1994 to 2000) in which he portrayed Charlie Salinger and the supernatural drama TV series Lost (on air from 2004 to 2010) in which he was cast as Jack Shephard. It was the latter role that earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination according to IMDb.
Jensen Ackles is one prolific actor. Indeed, over the course of his professional life he has starred in countless successful TV shows. Nowadays we tend to link him to his role of Dean Winchester in the popular dark fantasy TV series Supernatural. However, according to IMDb he has also appeared in the famous daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (in which he was cast as Eric Brady), the cyberpunk TV series Dark Angel (in which he played the role of Alec or X5-494) and the TV series Smallville (in which he portrayed Jason Teague).
Who’d say yes and who’d say no to David Tennant? You might recall seeing Tennant in the crime drama TV series Broadchurch (in which he was cast as DI Alec Hardy), the science fiction TV series Doctor Who (in which he portrayed the Tenth Doctor), the TV drama comedy series Casanova (in which he played the role of Giacomo Casanova), and Netflix’s web TV series Jessica Jones (in which he starred as Kilgrave, a man with the unusual talent to control other people’s minds according to IMDb).
Joe Keery made it big three years ago, in 2016, when he was cast as Steve Harrington in the science fiction thriller web TV series Stranger Things. Steve is a popular high school student and, in season one, the boyfriend of Nancy Wheeler. He was a recurring character in season one of the series but was promoted to a regular in season two. Keery hasn’t done much else besides starring in Stranger Things. While the famous web TV series was by no means his first acting gig, it was the role of Steve Harrington that brought him international attention (IMDb).
Who’d say yes and who’d say no to Matthew Rhys? Rhys is a charismatic actor and one that quite a few of us have had a crush on at one point or another in our lives. He is known for playing the role of Kevin Walker in the TV drama series Brothers & Sisters (on air between 2006 and 2011) and for portraying Philip Jennings, an undercover Soviet spy, in a popular period spy thriller that first aired in 2013 and that ended last year, in 2018 (IMDb).
We tend to associate Ralph Fiennes with a number of successful movies. For example, he portrayed Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film series and he starred as M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. His brother, Joseph Fiennes, on the other hand is probably best known for his work on the little screen. For example, recently he has come to everyone’s attention for starring in the dystopian drama web TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. In it he portrays a high-ranking government official named Commander Fred Waterford who is the protagonist’s master (IMDb).
While Ed Helms has starred in quite a few Hollywood movies (such as The Hangover trilogy) most of us still associate him with the small screen, and in particular, with the once popular TV sitcom The Office. On the show Helms portrayed Andy Bernard, the Regional Director in Charge of Sales at Dunder Mifflin’s Stamford branch. Along with his co-stars he has won one Screen Actors Guild Award (out of six nominations according to IMDb) for starring in the well-loved show.
Here we have another actor who is known both for his film work and his TV work. Although to be fair, in terms of film, Matthew Davis is only really associated with one movie, the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. In terms of TV work he is known for playing the role of the vampire hunter Alaric Saltzman in the supernatural drama TV series The Vampire Diaries as well as for portraying the crime scene investigator Sean Yeager in the police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (IMDb).
Matt Smith landed his first major TV role more than 10 years ago, all the way back in 2007. Back then he was cast as Danny Foster in the drama TV series Party Animals. Today however most of us associate him with his role of the Eleventh Doctor in the science fiction TV series Doctor Who. Recently he has also come to attention for having landed the role of Prince Philip in the popular Netflix TV series The Crown (IMDb).
David Boreanaz is a prolific TV actor and one that most of us have had a crush on at one point or another in our lives. He first made it big in the 90’s when he landed the role of Angel, a vampire-turned-detective in the supernatural drama TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer which was on air from 1997 to 2003. Later he reprized this role in the show’s spin-off, Angel, season one of which aired in 1999 (and which ended 2004). Later he was cast in Bones and currently he stars in SEAL Team (IMDb).
Misha Collins is without doubt best known for portraying angel Castiel, Angel of the Lord, in the dark fantasy TV series Supernatural. He was first introduced in season four of the show and quickly became a fan favorite. Indeed, according to IMDb, it was for this role that Collins won two People’s Choice Awards in the categories Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor and Favorite TV Bromance (out of three nominations) and one Teen Choice Award in the category Choice TV: Chemistry (out of three nominations).
Even though The Office ended more than 5 years ago, all the way back in 2013 (it first aired in 2005) and even though John Krasinski starred in plenty of movies since, we still tend to think of the famous series when we think of Krasinski. As fans will without doubt have no difficulty in recalling, Krasinski played the role of Jim Halpert on the show, a sales representative working at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. Interestingly enough, according to IMDb, Krasinski not only starred in the show but also served as its producer and at times even as its director.
The first thing that comes to our heads when we think of the talented actor Patrick Dempsey is the nickname “McDreamy” which was given to him on the show that made him famous. The show we are talking about here is obviously the famous medical TV drama Grey’s Anatomy. As most people are probably well aware, Dempsey played the role of Derek Shepherd on the show, an ambitious and skilled neurosurgeon and the love interest of the show’s protagonist, Meredith Grey (IMDb).
Are there any fans of the once very popular TV series Mad Men taking this quiz? If so, they should have no difficulty recognizing the TV hunk above. His name is Jon Hamm but fans of the period drama TV series will probably recognize him as Don Draper, the show’s protagonist. When we first met Don he was the creative director of Sterling Cooper, a Manhattan based advertising firm. He was married to a gorgeous blonde named Betty. And he met lots of women (secretly) in his spare time. As the series progressed, a lot changed in Don’s life – he got divorced and he got a promotion. But he never gave up women (IMDb).
Even though today Chris Pratt is known as one of Hollywood’s most successful actors, most of us to this day link him to his various TV roles. Over the years he has starred in numerous TV shows, such as the drama TV series Everwood (in which he played the role of Bright Abbott), the teen drama TV series The O.C (in which he was cast as Winchester "Ché" Cook). and of course, the satirical TV sitcom Parks and Recreation (in which he portrayed Andy Dwyer, a dim-witted but well-loved slacker according to IMDb).
If you watched the supernatural drama TV series The Vampire Diaries then you were probably either team Stelena (Stefan and Elena) or team Delena (Damon and Elena). If you rooted for the latter ship then you are probably also partial to the actor that portrayed Damon, Ian Somerhalder. Of course, The Vampire Diaries were not the only TV series that this talented actor has appeared in. For example, you might have also seen him in the drama TV series Lost (which was on air from 2004 to 2010 and in which he played the role of Boone Carlyle according to IMDb).
Nathan Fillion first came to prominence in the mid 90’s when he was cast as Joey Riley Buchanan in the once popular soap opera One Life to Live. He appeared in countless TV shows after that but is probably best known for starring in the space Western drama TV series Firefly, the crime comedy drama TV series Castle and the crime drama TV series The Rookie. In Firefly he portrayed Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, the owner of the Serenity ship and in Castle he played the role of Richard Castle, a bestselling mystery novelist and a sidekick to an ambitious homicide detective. Finally, in The Rookie he starred as John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the LA Police Department (IMDb).
Simon Baker is not only handsome but also incredibly talented. He has starred in quite a few TV shows – 11 to be exact - over the course of his professional life but is best known for two of them. These two TV shows are the drama TV series The Mentalist and the drama TV series The Guardian. In The Mentalist Baker portrayed Patrick Jane, an independent consultant working at the California Bureau of Investigation who uses his experience as a fake psychic medium to help with investigations. In The Guardian on the other hand Baker played the role of Nick Fallin, a corporate attorney who is sentenced to over a 1,000 hours of community service (IMDb).
Who’d pick and who’d pass on Matt Bomer? Bomer is known both for starring in independent movies and for appearing on the little screen. As always, let’s stick to his TV projects for the purpose of this quiz. Bomer has starred in numerous TV shows over the course of his relatively long professional life. For example, you might have glimpsed him in shows such as Guiding Light, Tru Calling, Traveler, Chuck, Will & Grace, White Collar and The Last Tycoon (IMDb).
If you watched Gossip Girl then you probably had a crush on Nate Archibald, and on the actor who portrayed him. Nate was one of St. Jude's students, Blair Waldorf’s childhood friend and the Upper East Side golden boy. After the series ended Chace Crawford slipped into relative obscurity although he continues acting to this day. For example, you might have glimpsed him in the musical comedy drama TV series Glee and in the TV comedy drama series Casual. According to IMDb, later this year he is due to appear in the superhero drama web TV series The Boys.
Let’s be honest - Jim Parsons doesn’t really need an introduction. He is probably one of the most popular TV actors out there at this moment. He is best known for his role of Sheldon Cooper, a nerdy theoretical physicist in the well-liked sitcom The Big Bang Theory. It was for this role that he won four Primetime Emmy Awards (out of seven nominations) and one Golden Globe Awards (out of three nominations, according to IMDb). He reprised his role in the comedy TV series Young Sheldon (in which he plays the role of adult Sheldon).
Yes or no to Aziz Ansari? As most are probably well aware, Ansari is a talented actor and comedian. When most of us think of Ansari we think of the well-loved sitcom Parks and Recreation. According to IMDb, on the show Ansari portrayed Tom Haverford, the show’s protagonist’s underachieving and incredibly sarcastic subordinate. Currently Ansari also stars in the Netflix series Master of None. However, it is worth mentioning that he was also one of the show’s creators (the other creator being Alan Yang)!
Earlier on in this quiz we mentioned Ian Somerhalder, the actor who played the role of Damon Salvatore in the incredibly popular supernatural TV series The Vampire Diaries. Of course, we had no choice but to include the actor who portrayed his brother, Stefan Salvatore, too. If you’re a fan of the show then you probably know that Stefan was played by none other than Paul Wesley. Most fans were either team Damon or team Stefan. Which team were you?
According to IMDb, Peter Dinklage has quite an extensive filmography. For example, he has starred in films such as Elf and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Still, most of us associate him with the small screen, and to be more specific, with his role of Tyrion Lannister in the famous fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. His acting talent has not gone unnoticed. For his role in the popular series Dinklage has been awarded one Golden Globe Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards (out of seven nominations).
Stephen Amell began acting more than 10 years ago, all the way back in 2004. His first ever role was that of a Spinning Instructor on the drama TV series Queer as Folk. He made a brief appearance on shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, CSI: Miami, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girls. He is without doubt best known for his role of Oliver Queen or Green Arrow on the superhero TV series Arrow (IMDb).
Ashton Kutcher is not only a famous TV hunk but also a well-known Hollywood A-lister with plenty of successful movies under his filmography. Still, let’s stick to his TV work. Kutcher first came to prominence in the late 90’s when he was cast as Michael Kelso in the once very popular sitcom That ‘70s Show which was on air from 1998 to 2006. It was on the set of this show that he met his current wife, Mila Kunis. Recently he also starred in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men and in the Netflix series The Ranch (IMDb).
Fans of Gilmore Girls might recognize Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano, Rory Gilmore’s second boyfriend. He was featured on the show from 2002 to 2006. Later he landed the role of Peter Petrelli, a nurse who has the unique talent to mimic the abilities of other people, in the science fiction TV series Heroes. According to IMDb he currently plays the role of Jack Pearson in the comedy drama TV series This Is Us (season one of which aired in 2016).
Who’d say yes and who’d say no to this TV cutie? Taylor Kinney is a skilled actor who has starred in quite a few films and TV shows over the course of his professional life. Most of us tend to link him to his role of the werewolf Mason Lockwood in the supernatural drama TV series The Vampire Diaries as well as to his role of Lieutenant Kelly Severide in the action drama TV series Chicago Fire, a role that he reprized not only in the police procedural drama TV series Chicago P.D. but also in the medical drama TV series Chicago Med (IMDb).
Let’s be honest – most of us had a crush on Matt LeBlanc (or at least on the character that he portrayed) back in the 90’s and the early 00’s. Still, that is not to say that he has aged badly. Indeed, LeBlanc is still as handsome as ever. As most are probably well aware, back in the day he played the role of the dim-witted but loyal and funny Joey Tribbiani on the iconic TV series Friends. Recently he has been cast as Adam Burns in the sitcom Man with a Plan (IMDb).
Another Irish actor, Colin O’Donoghue is best known for starring in the fantasy drama TV series Once Upon a Time which was on air between 2011 and 2018. He played the role of Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the show and appeared in all seasons except for season one. He hasn’t been up to all that much since the show ended. Nonetheless, he is due to make an appearance in the upcoming anthology web TV series Heartstrings (in an episode titled JJ Sneed according to IMDb).