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PHOTOS: The Sexiest BAFTA Nominees of 2011

Leave it to us to take a celebration of acting prowess and transform it into a hollow glorification of surface beauty.

But these eight actors, all 2011 BAFTA TV award nominees, aren’t just smokin’ hot, but they are also superbly talented performers.

Click here to view the photo gallery. Which one is your favorite?

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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