1. Elliot Cowan
2. Sam Swainsbury
3. Matthew MacFadyen
Ever since his turn as Tom in Spooks, Matthew MacFadyen has been a popular choice in this household, and being paired with Kim Cattrall in Private Lives allowed for him a more acerbically funny role than I’ve seen him in before. Also he got to wear silk pyjamas which was nice. (Incidentally, Matthew MacFadyen’s hairy chest is my 18th most popular search term of the year!)
4. Charlie Cox
Probably the only redeeming feature of the Donmar Warehouse's The Prince of Homoburg (copyright @3rdspearcarrier) was Charlie Cox’s fine self and I am not too proud to say that I spent most of the show trying to get a good view of his nipples down his loose fitting shirt. When a show is as dull as that one was, you gotta find your own way to get through it...
5. Andrew Scott
6. Oliver Chris
One of the unexpected pleasures of the year was James Graham’s The Man at the Finborough. I didn’t have the flexibility to see Samuel Barnett in the show and so I ended up seeing the playwright himself performing the one man show, and I swear by the end of it, I would have done anything that he asked! Unafraid to show a hugely endearing vulnerability and a clear talent for writing plays, he’s the type of man you’d be quite happy to take home to your mother.
8. Sam Crane
An unexpected pleasure who popped up several times this season at the Globe, was Jake Gyllenhaal look-alike Sam Crane. Whether as the charismatic but doomed Hotspur or the buccaneering Pistol in the Henry IV plays or the foppish Lawrence in Bedlam, he has something of the stage magnetism that makes me think we will be seeing a lot more of this guy in years to come.
9. Chris Fountain
Chris Fountain: the boy from Hollyoaks is all growed up now. And as demonstrated in Departure Lounge as would-be alpha male JB, he has a nice pair of pipes on him too
10. Ciaran McConville
Obviously so much of this list is subjective and this one is most definitely a case of you had to be there to get it, but if you did go to see Beyond the Pale at the Southwark Playhouse then you cannot have failed to have been bewitched by Ciaran McConville. From the moment he started talking to me in the bar (part of the show, rather than my magnetic personality) he had me sold on the whole interactive promenade shebang despite it being fricking freezing under those arches.
Kevin Guthrie in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Peter Pan, though it is probably illegal and possibly immoral to fancy Peter Pan
Nigel Lindsay in his lovely riding boots in Broken Glass
Daniel Boys: I mean just look at the picture!
(This pic courtesy of the lovely Jan at http://www.elliotcowanchat.org/index.php)