As a study reveals women prefer their men clean shaven, lifelong beard-hater KATHRYN KNIGHT asks which stars are… Sexier by a whisker
Is there a man alive sporting facial hair — be it layers of stubble, a trimmed goatee or a full-grown beard — who would not look better without it
As a long-standing beard-hater, a five o’clock shadow is as much as I can take, while a thick, bushy beard often gives me the creeps. Now a new study proves that I am not alone in my pogonophobia (fear of beards).
Women rated the clean-shaven men more highly than those with beards saying facial hair made them look older or more aggressive.
Yet many men can’t resist taking a break from their shaving regime from time to time. While some believe a beard can compensate for a weak chin or distract from a receding hairline, Hollywood stars often grow facial hair to prove they are more than just a pretty face (sadly completely disguising that pretty face in the process).
Although I generally prefer clean-shaven men, it has to be said that some men carry off facial hair much better than others. But did growing a beard render these celebrities grizzly or gorgeous
Here are my verdicts…
Grizzly: Even the wet breeches he sported in Pride And Prejudice couldn't have distracted Colin Firth's legions of fans from this monstrosity
Gorgeous: Not so much 'Silver Fox' as 'Strawberry Blonde Fox', Charles Dance boasts a discreet, even beard
Grizzly: Jude Law is trying to distract us from his bald patch with this thick, wiry beard and beanie hat
Gorgeous: Oddly, Gary Barlow's beard seems to come with its own weight-loss system, giving him cheekbones
Gorgeous: A grey-flecked, carefully trimmed beard doesn't detract from Hugh Laurie's good looks. He'd be a tonic to have around the House
Grizzly: This takes Brad Pitt from boyishly gorgeous to someone you might find rifling through your dustbins
Gorgeous: Prince William, 29, can sometimes appear a bit boyish, but the beard lends him a pleasingly manly air
Gorgeous: George Clooney looks good either way but I'd still prefer a clean-shaven smooch – given the choice
Gorgeous: Ralph Fiennes' piercing blue eyes actually seem enhanced by that neatly trimmed face furniture
Grizzly: There is a touch of the maniac about Daniel Day Lewis's intense stare above this bushy, greying beard
Grizzly: Why mess with perfection David Beckham's jawline is designed to be admired unadorned. How did Posh allow this horror to take root
Grizzly: Oh, Lord! Never Mind Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville's greying beard is practically Dickensian. Get that man a razor at once, Carson!