Whether you call it No Shave November or Movember, it’s the time of year that has been dedicated to bringing male health concerns to the fore. What does this have to do with telly, you may ask? Well, nothing specifically, but as my family and friends will attest, I can bring any topic around to my obsession with British entertainment.
Therefore, I have a compiled a collection of British celebrities who are rarely seen without some degree of facial hair. Be they big bushy whiskers, neatly trimmed goatees or something in between, these are examples of beards that may motivate my male readers to forgo the razor for the month. I realize it’s a HUGE sacrifice, but I have faith you can resist.
Brian Blessed has a beard with a personality all it’s own which is just as you would expect from someone as bombastic as the actor himself. This style is not for the follicly challenged so take it slow and don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t achieve this level of growth the first time around.However, if you too are a larger-than-life type of fellow, this might be just the beard for you.
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Jack Whitehall is a posh young actor/comedian with meticulously messy hair and a well-groomed beard. Whether he’s playing a university student, a secondary school teacher or appearing on numerous panel shows, Whitehall sports the same trademark look that says no matter the role, he has time for product and a quick touch up with the good old definer/trimmer. A few years back Mr. Whitehall was rather baby-faced so this might be a good look if you desire a privileged and defined jawline.
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Russell Brand should never go clean shaven, in my opinion. Have you seen Arthur? The beardless Brand lost his attitude and his edge without saying a word. If you need to hide a vulnerability or you just feel the top half of your face is decidedly more attractive than the bottom, a neat but prominent beard like Russell’s may make all the difference.
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Billy Connolly has had some creative manner of facial hair more often than not in his long career. But recently the Scottish comedian has let his silver locks and beard grow to new lengths. Perhaps his battles with both prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease have prompted this almost spiritual new look. If you want to display your support or a signify a struggle you’ve endured, you can’t go wrong emulating Mr. Connolly.
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Kit Harrington has made his career so far by starring in the massively popular fantasy series, Game of Thrones. When you appear in productions like this (and the decidedly less successful “historical” action drama Pompeii) beards become an integral part of your look. After all when you’re the bastard son of a nobleman banished from your home and sent to protect the people who’ve rejected you from savages, you really don’t have much time for a shave and haircut. Short on bathroom time in the morning or too concerned with escaping from deadly molten lava? Take young Mr. Harrington’s lead.
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Chris O’Dowd normally has a full but noticeably neat and maintained beard – it’s almost too perfectly even. But when the Irish actor starred as Lennie in the Broadway production Of Mice and Men earlier this year, he took on a more shaggy appearance. It’s the style all the fashionable rabbit-loving farm hands are sporting this century. With wash and go ease, it’s a beard that suits the vagabond lifestyle. So if you can sprout whiskers at a drop of a hat, this is a look you should definitely consider.
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And finally, if understatement is more your cup of tea, I offer Idris Elba as your facial hair role model. This London-born actor of African parents flaunts a variety of beard options from stubble to goatee all the way to a full, yet dapper, beard. It may take a bit more time in front of the mirror, but if you want to capture the spirit of No Shave November without looking like a crazed mountain hermit, the extra effort is well worth it.
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Now that I’ve sorted out your November facial hair dilemma, you can concentrate on more important matters such as donating to cancer charities, learning about your specific health risks and seeing your doctor for all required annual check ups and tests. And ladies, there’s no rule saying you can’t participate in the cause by putting down the razor as well… or perhaps by encouraging the men in your life to take care of their health.
Also please share your favorite examples of British bearded blokes in the comments below. After all, a well informed beard choice means we can all enjoy No Shave November just a bit more.
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