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Who Are The Sexiest Television Actresses Ever?

I wrote film reviews for over a decade in a variety of formats.

Who are the hottest, sexiest, most beautiful female television actresses in history?

This is the second of two lists I've compiled so far. The first was an article on the hottest female actresses in movies. I found that list a bit harder to put together even though I'm more of a movie guy. This list I put together quite quickly even though television has never really been my thing until recently.

I actually feel more comfortable with this list. As with any list of beautiful actresses, it's entirely subjective. One's idea of sexy is always going to differ from another person's. However, for my money, these five actresses should be at the top of any list. If they're not, well then, you're just wrong.

Hottest TV Women Quick List

  1. Emmanuelle Chirqui
  2. Dawn Wells
  3. Farrah Fawcett
  4. Jeri Ryan
  5. Diana Rigg

Emmanuelle Chirqui

This is mostly a personal selection as Chirqui isn't as well known as the other actresses on this list. However, she did play the role of Sloan, E's off-and-on girlfriend on HBO's "Entourage" for eight seasons, so she's not unknown either.

As far as I'm concerned Chirqui might be the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. It doesn't seem to matter what she's doing or what she's wearing, she always looks absolutely stunning.

Her last name is pronounced "shreeky".

Emmanuelle Chriqui (CC-BY 2.0)

Emmanuelle Chriqui (CC-BY 2.0)

Other Notable Appearances

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Snow Day (2000)

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

The Mentalist (2012-2013)

Emmanuelle Chirqui Interesting Facts

  • Speaks both French and English.
  • Parents were Jewish immigrants from Morocco.
  • Appeared in a McDonald's commercial at the age of 10.

Dawn Wells

Well, I guess when it comes down to the age-old argument: "Ginger or Mary-Ann", you know which side I fall on. I'll take the super-hot smart woman over the gorgeous bimbo any day of the week. Dawn Wells was certainly the poster girl for the former on "Gilligan's Island". And let's face it, the whole "girl-next-door" innocence thing Wells had going on just multiplied her hotness.

Dawn Wells (public domain)

Dawn Wells (public domain)

Other Notable Appearances

Bonanza (two episodes)

The Love Boat & Fantasy Island (1980-81)

ALF (1987)

Dawn Wells Interesting Facts

  • Miss Nevada 1959.
  • Her clothing company, Wishing Wells, makes clothes for people with diabilities.
  • Never liked Tina Louise, who played Ginger. Has refused many requests over the years to appear with Louise for this reason.
  • Wells is the only actor among the original cast members to profit from residuals because she had it written in her original contract that she would get them if the show went into syndication.
  • Margot Kidder beat her out for the role of Louis Lane in "Superman".

Farrah Fawcett

What teenage boy in the 1970s didn't have a Farrah Fawcett poster on his wall? (Now, what they did with that poster shall remain unspoken. Personally, I was too young to do anything other than admire it.)

After Fawcett quit doing "Charlie's Angels", the program did everything it could to replace her with another blonde bombshell. And Cheryl Ladd was okay, but nobody ever did for that program what Fawcett did.

Farrah Fawcett (public domain)

Farrah Fawcett (public domain)

Other Notable Appearances

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-76)

Logan's Run (1976)

Saturn 3 (1980)

The Cannonball Run (1981)

The Burning Bed (1984)

Extremities (1986)

Dr. T and the Women (2000)

Spin City (2001)

Farrah Fawcett Interesting Facts

  • Despite her bizarre appearance on David Letterman, claimed she never used drugs.
  • Was originally a Microbiology major in college.
  • Appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game (1965).
  • Died on the same day as Michael Jackson: June 25, 2009.
  • Had unusually large nipples, which helped the popularity of her famous poster. However, it was also the cause for concern from the censors during "Charlie's Angels". They used the term "nipple protrusion" to complain about some of her wardrobe.

Jeri Ryan

Much like Chirqui, Jeri Ryan isn't an obvious name to be on this list, but I don't care. I was a "Star Trek" fan and a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fan and so on. Okay, so perhaps the various iterations got old, but there was no doubt that when Seven of Nine came on the scene in "Star Trek: Voyager", all eyes were on her. Remember that hot/smart girl thing I mentioned with Dawn Wells? Well, Ryan was super hot, part cyborg, and smart, smart, smart. Obviously, when you're part computer, you're really smart, so this made her extra hot.

Jeri Ryan (CC-BY 2.0)

Jeri Ryan (CC-BY 2.0)

Other Notable Appearances

Matlock (1993)

Dark Skies (1997)

Boston Public (2004)

The O.C. (2005)

Body of Proof (2013)

Jeri Ryan Interesting Facts

  • Born Jeri Lynn Zimmerman in Munich, West Germany.
  • Miss Illinois 1989.
  • A National Merit Scholar who graduated from Northwestern.
  • Winner of the swimsuit competition in the 1990 Miss America pagaent.

Diana Rigg

So, Rigg is a bit before my time, yet it's hard not to look at one picture of her and instantly put her on this list. Apparently TV Guide agrees because she was voted #1 on their list of the sexiest female television stars of all-time. If Rigg had done nothing but "The Avengers" and her turn as a bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (one of the more underrated Bond films, incidentally), she'd still be on awfully high on this list.

Diana Rigg (CC-BY 2.0)

Diana Rigg (CC-BY 2.0)

Other Notable Appearances

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

Julius Caesar (1970)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Snow White (1987)

Extras (2006)

Game of Thrones (2013)

Diana Rigg Interesting Facts

  • Speaks Hindi because she lived in India until she was 8.
  • The first major actor to appear nude on stage in the production of "Abelard and Heloise" in 1970.
  • Gave up smoking in 2010 at the age of 72, after smoking since she was 18.
  • The only Dame to have acted in Doctor Who.


Alex Finn on February 26, 2014:

I agree with choosing Farrah Fawcett, but I could list many other women I'd put above the other four. If you were unaware of the characters they played and just went on appearance and camera presence, I'd be suggesting the likes of Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting and at least one of the girls from Friends. The stars are sexy - irrespective of whether the characters they play are written to be sexy or not.

Richard de Mey from Scottsdale, Arizona on February 25, 2014:

We all have different taste in women. Some of my favorites are Jessica Alba, Christina Applegate, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on February 25, 2014:

Hey janshares,

Thanks for the comments! Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm kind of a narrow-minded white guy sometimes, so wasn't thinking as broadly as I should. Eartha Kitt probably isn't on my radar, but I gotta tell you, Janet Jackson on different strokes was as cute as they come. However, I'm not sure declaring her sexy with that reference would be seen as decent. :)

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 24, 2014:

Hey crankalicious, you're gonna need to do Part II so you can add all of the Catwomen of TV: Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriweather, and of course the forever hot Julie Newmar. Oh and you can't leave out Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. Farah Fawcett was your best choice. Keep up the good work. I smell another fantastic hub coming from you.

Allen Donald (author) from Colorado on February 24, 2014:

Thanks for the comments! Interesting that most of the comments I've received on this article and the one I did on female movies stars has mostly been from women.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 24, 2014:

Interesting opinions you have here, and we have to consider that they are coming from a man. I never cared for Gilligan’s Island, but I did think that Mary Ann was pretty. Everybody loved Farah Faucett, including us women. We tried to emulate her beautiful hair, but it just made me look top heavy. I didn’t have the height to pull it off. I loved Jeri Ryyan as Seven of Nine, and I still like her in other roles. I saw her recently in a new role, but I forgot which show it was. I enjoyed seeing her again. In the 60s, I thought Emma Peel was the most gorgeous woman on TV, so I have to agree with you about Diana Rigg. Hey, I guess I have to agree with you, some women just got it! I loved your photos. Voted you up++

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