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The 10 best beards
In recent years they’ve become a must-have for all sorts of men, and the big old beard trend isn’t leaving us any time soon. Here are our top ten favourite beards.
10. CHARLIE HUNNAM
Symbolic of his role in the hit series Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam’s grizzly beard represents for fair-headed facial hair everywhere. It’s an unorthodox look for an A-lister, but his blonde beard gives him a unique edge amongst Hollywood’s heartthrobs.
9. TOM FORD
The designer’s beard might appear to be laissez-faire and laidback, but like everything else Tom Ford produces, it’s engineered to perfection. An elegant, consistent dapple of stubble lends him a very chic kind of masculinity.
8. IDRIS ELBA
Proving that a beard is the best accessory for the modern man, Idris Elba wears his with confidence – usually on the small, neat side. The actor, rumoured to be considered for the next James Bond role, shows facial hair is always a good look.
7. IAN McKELLEN AS GANDALF
It’s the most impressive beard on the big screen – the memorable wall of hair sported by Sir Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings as the wizard Gandalf. Never before has a simple beard contained so much wisdom and strength.
6. JUSTIN O’SHEA
The buying director at My Theresa is recognisable during fashion month not only for his debonair, put-together style but for his thick, rugged beard – a somewhat unusual sight amongst fashion show attendees.
5. CONCHITA WURST
One of the most popular beards of all time, Conchita Wurst’s beard at the 2014 Eurovision came to symbolise freedom, choice and great hair products. The winning diva used her time in the spotlight to bring the ladylike beard into the public eye, and we’re eternally grateful.
4. ANDRÉ 3000
Flying the flag for precision, OutKast frontman André 3000 matches his facial hair to his impeccable style. With a clean-cut mix of goatee and moustache, André shows it’s not all about scruff – a streamlined look can go a long way.
3. JARED LETO
His long ombré locks are some of the most talked-about in Hollywood, and Jared Leto’s impressive facial hair provides the perfect contrast to that on his head. The result is a striking and luxurious look for the leading man.
2. JAMIE DORNAN
Jamie Dornan’s beard is a picture of elegant dishevelment. Rather than going for the manicured, polished designer stubble, his facial hair is more of the lazy shaver’s persuasion: scruffy, manly and carefree.
1. GEORGE CLOONEY
Many men might fear a full grey beard, worrying about its ageing qualities, but not George Clooney. Growing out his facial hair apparently sparked a major celebrity beard trend, inspiring countless men to put the razors down and try a new look.