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11 January 2010 @ 02:32 pm
My 10 Favorite Current Television Actors  
Randomly, I started thinking on this while rambling on Twitter about Kaley Cuoco in 8 Simple Rules, and it led to a list of my faves -- that I've subsequently made some changes to upon further thought. These are the ten television actors (five male/five female) who are currently gracing screens right now. (Which means that, yeah, one person on the list wouldn't be on it were I to have posted this two weeks hence, partially why I'm posting it now.) I based this on those actors I actively sought out their other work, images to make icons/graphics, and/or a past appreciation that remains strong through their current television role. There were quite a few who made the list, were crossed off, etc, but I decided to not do an honorable mention section, so I'll just list them here because even though they didn't make the top ten, they are still awesome and I love 'em. So ... Portia De Rossi (Better Off Ted), Jane Lynch (Glee), Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), Steve Carrel (The Office), I love you all much, but you didn't quite make the list.

Those who did ...


01. Billie Piper (Hannah/Belle, Secret Diary of a Call Girl)

I liked her on Doctor Who and loved the Doctor/Rose relationship, but I preferred both Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) over Billie Piper as an actor. And then I watched Secret Diary of a Call Girl and I gained such an enormous appreciation for her as an actress. I grabbed all of her songs (from her days as the UK's answer to Britney Spears-the teen years), began reading interviews, and watching all of her other stuff and just became more and more entranced. She's gorgeous, insanely talented, charismatic, real, fabulous, awesome and I just adore watching her work her craft. She's fantastic AND brilliant.

02. Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

It wasn't until I began watching 8 Simple Rules -- where Cuoco played Bridget Hennessey (ooh, what's that? Why it's a last name!) -- that I remembered that after I watched all of TBBT in a week (we were midway through season two at that point), that Penny was my second favorite character. She may not be the bestest actress ever, but she's quite, quite good and she has a deft comic touch. Cuoco also manages to make characters who *could* be very annoying and unlikable, really warm and lovable. She has a sunshiny, bright quality about her and she truly lights up the screen. Plus, some of her line deliveries and those crazy, facial expressions -- girl knows how to use those facial muscles to great comedic effect, never use botox! -- are fantabulous.

03. Yvonne Stravhoski (Sarah Walker, Chuck)

I actually found her pretty generic in the first few episodes of Chuck, but at some point -- I can't even pinpoint where -- she became my favorite. I think Strahovski is marvelous. She took what could have been a cliched character (even with some strong writing) and made her awesome. Her Sarah is such a good soul and I adore her to bits. She's gorgeous, kicks-ass, has a heart, brains, soul, everything. And Strahovski just nails every thing, every moment, every nuance, every sell. She's fabulous; she's got the comic timing, as well as the dramatic chops. I look forward to seeing her other work (Oh, The Canyon) because she made me love a character I normally wouldn't have.

04. Allison Brie (Annie Edison, Community / Trudy, Mad Men)

Annie just kinda grew on me, and like how "Debate 109" introduced me to the awesome of Annie/Jeff, it also opened my eyes up to the extra-awesome of Annie, and subsequently, Alison Brie. I went back and rewatched episodes, and found that many particular moments I'd loved the first time around revolved around Annie and Brie's play. In fact, I found myself liking Brie so much that I gave Mad Men yet another try. I managed to watch more of the show, but alas even the awesome of Brie -- and she is awesome, Trudy is such a different kettle of fish than is Annie -- couldn't get me over my loathing/indifference to the two main characters. So I'll just continue to enjoy Allison Brie on Community ... and enjoy I shall.

05. Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray, Glee)

I know that Agron is not a great actress -- although she's capable of some nice subtlety, but she has a charisma, a vulnerability and likability factor that has really gotten to me. Most of my emotional reactions to Glee have been about or inspired by her Quinn. She's a pretty blonde, but there's a slight off-kilter quality to her features that removes her from the generic blonde category. I really look forward to seeing more with her because I just think she's fabulous.


01. Jim Parsons (Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

Jim Parsons is awesome. Period. I truly believe he is the greatest comedic actor working right now (film or television), and I certainly ascribe the label of "comic genius" to him. But more than that, he's capable of some great subtlety and the few moments here and there on TBBT (as well as in some of his other work) have me really hankering to see him in a dramatic role full-on because I'm absolutely positive he would KICK ASS! He also comes across as charming, sweet, funny, smart, adorable, wonderful, fabulous and squeeful! I mean, seriously, the guy's interviews are so dang entertaining it's impossible to measure the awesome. Plus, those eyes, those pretty, pretty eyes. I love those beautiful blue eyes.

02. Enver Gjojaj | Last name pronounced Joke-Eye. |(Victor/Tony, Dollhouse)

Yeah, like almost everyone else, I've only seen him in one thing, and that's going off the air forever after two more episodes, but I don't care, I love him. And because of the set-up of the show and the fact that he plays a Doll, we've had the opportunity to see him play plenty types of characters, with different personalities, accents, mannerisms, vocal inflections, etc. and he's pretty much kicked complete and utter ass with every single one. So I have no doubt, I'll like him in just about anything. This guy is unbelievably brilliant. He is so extremely talented an actor, it's rather mind-blowing and jaw-dropping. And he's adorable. So very, very adorable. Please, pretty, pretty please get something next season so I get to continue to see your awesome on my television screen.

03. Tim Roth (Cal Lightman, Lie to Me)

I've been a fan forever. I think he's brilliant, awesome, amazing, crazy-charismatic and very, very hot and sexy despite the fact that he's not your typical pretty boy (but then which guy on this list so far is?). It's not his character on Lie to Me that has him on this list, it's everything I love and admire about him as an actor imprinted on the character and week after week he just continues to prove why he's always been one of my favorite actors. He is awesome.

04. Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)

NPH is on this list because he is awesome, and Barney is still awesome merely because NPH plays him; it's got nothing to do with the show itself any longer. In fact, it's a testament to just how awesome NPH is that I still have him on this list because I really do not like HIMYM this season and I'd pretty much be f&*ing done with Barney professionally at this point were it not for that adorable twinkle in NPH's eye, his still-wonderful delivery of sucky lines/actions that otherwise would make me go grr or turn off the tv. So hail to NPH because despite the suckage around him, he's still legen -wait for it- dary.

05. Nathan Fillion (Rick Castle, Castle)

I've loved Nathan Fillion a long time now. I mean, I've liked him going back to his days on One Life to Live; he was charming on the otherwise lame Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Parlor and then, of course, there was the marvelous Captain Tightpants aka Mal Reynolds (and I just adored him in Waitress). That twinkle, charm, rugged handsomeness, adorable charisma and dead-straight talent make him so dang wonderful. I'll pretty much watch him in anything, and in between, I'll squee, aww, and crack-up at his interviews, tweets, etc. He's just all-around a lovable, wonderful guy.
S.: himym; awesome squaredartic_fox on January 11th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
So many of these are some of my favs too, Parsons and Cuoco obviously, and I've really grown to appreciate Stravhoski on Chuck (and Zach Levi for the same reason - the ability for comic goofiness, as well as great dramatic moments).

Billie Piper of course. Love both DW and SDoaCG. I remember her being in the charts in New Zealand when she came out. She is a little older than me, but essentially her music was aimed at "my" market. I can still remember the words to her songs, lol. Which is kind of embarassing now, to think of it.

NPH ♥ He will forever be awesome no matter what, even though yes, HIMYM has been mostly LAME this season.

Nathan Fillion makes Castle far better than the premise. He has a certain charm to him that makes me happy to watch him in anything.

And I really need to catch up with Lie to Me.
eolivet on January 11th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'd pretty much be f&*ing done with Barney professionally at this point were it not for that adorable twinkle in NPH's eye

I know exactly what you mean. It's moments like that where I remember that I hate the writers, not Barney/NPH. ;p

I've liked him going back to his days on One Life to Live

Hee, I remember him then! He was very sweet (Joey Buchanan, right?) The next thing I saw him in was "Buffy," so I remember being...shocked. ;p

That Allison Brie does not look like an actress -- but that's a really cool quality. She just looks like a normal, pretty girl-next-door. :D
Arabian: Annie01arabian on January 11th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Allison Brie can look amazingly gorgeous; they just really, really downplay any hint of that on Community, and the shot I chose for her and not the character happened to be one where she had her hair pulled back like on the show. With her hair down, it really glams her up. But with that said, she does have a normal, pretty girl-next-door quality, yes.
leosgreens: skeletorleosgreens on January 12th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Cool. Now do your most hated!
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on January 12th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
No, I don't work that. I concentrate on the positives (or rant about the negatives in stuff I love). I would never spend a lot of time and effort on something I hate. Eww!
leosgreensleosgreens on January 12th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
What? That is no fun! Besides, I seem to remember seeing several posts about Roman Polanski, and I'm pretty sure you don't love him! :)
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on January 12th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
That's real life; that's an injustice that shows off the horrificness of the human soul and discussing such (one hopes) helps to bring to light that injustice. Spending time compiling a list of things entertainment-wise that one hates only feeds negativity for no reason whatsoever. I have no interest in spending minutes, let alone hours thinking of, looking for pictures of and writing about TV actors I think suck.
leosgreensleosgreens on January 12th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't have meant you had to do it like you did this one, with pics and blurbs. What about my FB question?
Arabian: Doylearabian on January 12th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I couldn't see any other way of doing it. Just know that I still hate Tom Cruise, whatever he's acting in. :)

I responded to your email, and, yes, I will.
leosgreensleosgreens on January 12th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
she was a work in progress.: Tragic Charactersdreamer_98 on January 13th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Some nice choices. :-)

I didn't like Kaley Cuoco for a while because of 8 Simple Rules, but I like her much better in TBBT.

As for Enver, I thought he was just okay on DH until that one episode where Topher programmed his personality into Victor. It was hilarious; he imitated him to a T. So yeah, I hope he gets another show. Still bummed about the show ending. And still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor after last Friday's episode.
Arabian: KaleyCuoco01arabian on January 14th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I love Bridget!! She's so my favorite character on 8 Simple Rules. :( And Enver had me in season one after the Roger/Catherine episode.

Ah well.
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Arabian: Summerarabian on January 14th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Nathan is just lovely; so very, very lovely.
Blanche: BBT - p/s whispers closeblanche_ on January 13th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I agree with many of your choices. I love Billie Piper and I think she's really great in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and she seems like such an awesome person in real life as well.

And I'm pretty much sure that Jim Parsons would be awesome in anything. He's truly amazing and he's pretty much the reason why I love the character Sheldon Cooper so much. And it's always great fun to watch him in interviews and on talk shows.

And Nathan Fillion. I loved him in Firefly and I'm so glad that he's on TV again. And Castle is awesome.
Arabian: Jim Parsons01arabian on January 14th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I love Billie Piper and I think she's really great in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and she seems like such an awesome person in real life as well.

Just yes. She's amazing all-around.

Jim Parson = Awesome. True fact.

Nathan is fabulous.