Top Five Beards in Historical Movies


No, not that kind of beard (though that could be the subject of another post). Today, we’re celebrating some of the more memorable beards in historical film. Why? I dunno, why not?

Sam Heughan‘s crazy hermit beard in Season Three of Outlander

I am not personally a fan of the face hair, but it’s tres chic these days to look like you’ve spent seven years living in a cave in a Scottish forest, so bonnets off to Jamie for being on-trend.

Outlander season 3


Joseph Fiennes’ pretty-boy beard in Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Arguably, there are several noteworthy beards in this flick, but the fairest of them all belongs to Fiennes.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

“Hello, ladies. I grew this weedy little beard just for you.”


Patrick Stewart‘s leonine beard in The Lion in Winter (2003)

When all your sons are basically fuck-ups and your wife hates you … Grow a fabulous beard.

2003 The Lion in Winter

Patrick Stewart could literally be wearing anything… or nothing… I don’t care. He’s handsome AF in whatever.


Tim Curry‘s piratey beard in Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Everything about this beard gives zero fucks.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Suspiciously well-groomed for a pirate, though…


Daniel Day-Lewis‘ Academy Award-winning beard in Lincoln (2012)

You can’t take your eyes off this beard, it’s that good.

Lincoln (2012)

Beardly gravitas.


Got a favorite beard in historical costume movies or TV? Share it with us in the comments!

17 Responses

  1. broughps

    Jamie’s/Sam’s hermit beard is from season three. Season two was the horrible muskrat that crawled up on Jamie’s face and called itself a beard when (he had been released from the Bastille).

    Can’t think of one bushy beard that looks good no matter who’s wearing it. Now a nicely trimmed beard or a goatee – doesn’t matter who’s wearing it it’ll probably look pretty good.

  2. Adina

    That picture of Patrick Stewart kills me. That grin falls out of chair The 12th century look really works for him.

    Could we also have a list of the top five men who SHOULD have beard in historical movies? Sometimes the lack of facial hair just goes too far.

  3. Charity

    Close-trimmed Goatees: YES.

    Scruffy hair on the face? NOPE.

    I’m not a huge fan of most beards; I think a lot of guys look better without them.

    • Nzie

      Agreed! So much facial hair. I went to the reenactment once and the guy who played Gen. Hancock was there in costume and his little chin beard was somehow longer and maybe a bit curly? (it was years ago now but I preferred the movie look).

    • Alys Mackyntoich

      The U.S. Civil War is the era of truly amazing male facial hair.

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    Gandalf although that’s a fantasy movie.
    But for a history frock flick, maybe Keith Mitchell in the Six Wives of Henry VIII. He goes from hot powerful monarch to a weedy old man with bad legs by part 6.

  5. eldalorien

    Damian Lewis’ glorious ginger beard in Wolf Hall, and Rowan Atkinson’s beard in blackadder the second. Stephen Fry’s beard in blackadder the second was also magnificent.

  6. crystabrittany

    I’m so happy Tim Curry made it on this list and in (no joke) one of my favorite movies ever. He has a song in that one, and at one point he says, “Upstage, lads, this is my only number!” Everything he does is perfection.

  7. Kate

    Jonathan Pryce’s beard in Carrington. That was commitment! I adore the shot that echoes her painting of Strachey.

  8. Cécile

    Being married to a real bearded man, I can’t rely on those gentlemen, except for Lincoln. Even sweet red Jamie, this is waaay too groomed to be wild. Noooo. And a goatee looks bad on everyone. Except if it’s historically accurate, of course