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.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.