As a study reveals women prefer their men clean shaven, lifelong beard-hater KATHRYN KNIGHT asks which stars are… Sexier by a whisker?

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

Grizzly: Even the wet breeches he sported in Pride And Prejudice couldn't have distracted Colin Firth's legions of fans from this monstrosity

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

Gorgeous: Not so much 'Silver Fox' as 'Strawberry Blonde Fox', Charles Dance boasts a discreet, even beard

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

Grizzly: Jude Law is trying to distract us from his bald patch with this thick, wiry beard and beanie hat

Grizzly: Jude Law is trying to distract us from his bald patch with this thick, wiry beard and beanie hat

Gorgeous: Oddly, Gary Barlows beard seems to come with its own weight-loss system, giving him cheekbones

Gorgeous: Oddly, Gary Barlow's beard seems to come with its own weight-loss system, giving him cheekbones

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 doesnt detract from Hugh Lauries good looks. Hed be a tonic to have around the House

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

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

Grizzly: This takes Brad Pitt from boyishly gorgeous to someone you might find rifling through your dustbins

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: Prince William, 29, can sometimes appear a bit boyish, but the beard lends him a pleasingly manly air

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 Id still prefer a clean-shaven smooch  given the choice

Gorgeous: George Clooney looks good either way but I'd still prefer a clean-shaven smooch - given the choice

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

Gorgeous: Ralph Fiennes' piercing blue eyes actually seem enhanced by that neatly trimmed face furniture

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 Lewiss intense stare above this bushy, greying beard

Grizzly: There is a touch of the maniac about Daniel Day Lewis's intense stare above this bushy, greying beard

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 Beckhams jawline is designed to be admired unadorned. How did Posh allow this horror to take root

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: 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 Bonnevilles greying beard is practically Dickensian. Get that man a razor at once, Carson!

Grizzly: Oh, Lord! Never Mind Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville's greying beard is practically Dickensian. Get that man a razor at once, Carson!

Grizzly: Oh, Lord! Never Mind Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville's greying beard is practically Dickensian. Get that man a razor at once, Carson!