Darwin, Alfie Boe, His Beard and Me – A New Beard in Town

Have beards had their day?  According to a new study by the University of New South Wales, Darwinian selection has a say in the ebbs and flows of beard fashion – the more beards there are, the less attractive they become, thereby handing advantage to clean shaven men.  When this happens, the pendulum swings away from a lot of beards to less beards.  The rarer a beard is, the more attractive it is; conversely, in a bearded world, clean shaven is the more attractive option.

Anyway, this is all very well, but what does this mean to Alfie fans?  Do we think Alfie will shave his beard or keep with it, after all, he’s had for quite a while now.  Do we even prefer him with a beard or without?


alfie carfest

Personally, I love the beard despite not being a fan of beards before I became a fan.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that beards positively turned me off before.  Not any more, beards are often the thing I notice first! And now, thanks to this study, I can say it’s evolution, nothing to do with me at all!

Just to prove it, here are a few photos of my favourite beards – and there’s a new beard in town! But I kind of think I would like Ricky Wilson clean shaven too  x

ricky wilson

And another beard we like (although, again, a clean shaven Toby Stephens is also delightful) – this shows Toby as Captain Flint in the engrossing pirate series Black Sails:

toby stephens


The lovely Ben Affleck:
ben affleck beard
george clooney beard Gorgeous George Clooney
JOJ beard
The lovely John Owen Jones

18 thoughts on “Darwin, Alfie Boe, His Beard and Me – A New Beard in Town

  1. Roberta

    I can’t even remember Alfie without a beard. I don’t think I ever saw him live without a beard. So. For me there is no question – Alfie bearded.

  2. Tammy Houser

    Alfie’s current look hardly qualifies as a beard! We saw him at SD one night when it looked as though he were letting it and his hair grow out a little. Happy dances! Sadly, by the next night he’d seen his barber. I like the 2015 calendar-style beard, but wonder whether the current length hides some gray that’s starting to show up?

  3. carole naden

    Love Alfie with a beard hope he always keeps it !! looks so masculine and sexy !!! but if he shaves it off will still adore him !!! like men with beards !! luv carole n xxxx

  4. Linda McCann

    Well, I never used to like beards at all but now I do like certain beards but only if they’re nicely trimmed.
    Do agree with this article that now they’re so common it can be a nice change to see someone clean shaven.

  5. Karen

    Beards don’t suit every man.. but it certainly suits Alfie! Love the short hair too. Also Hugh Laurie and Grissom from CSI <3

  6. Eliane Brasilrj

    (Brazil-rj) I love Alfie’s beard. I love Alfie with or without beard but,
    Alfie with his beard, jeans and rolled up shirt sleeve is all good.

  7. Naomi Strolle

    I love Alfie with or without the beard, but I do like his hair longer. He looked his very best at the Symfunny with James Morgan. Also, the tuxedo was perfect as I really don’t like the jeans and T-shirt look. However he is one handsome dude and he can sing too!!!!

  8. Jenny Spolton

    I’m really not a fan of beards but his really does suit him, I also prefer his hair just a little longer

  9. Pam

    Nothing sexier than a man with a well trimmed beard. Love all the ones you mentioned. Really LOVE Alfie’s of course. It suites him so well. Sigh….

  10. Linda McCann

    Like you I never liked beards before but I’ve got used to Alfie’s and think he does suit it.

  11. Peggy Baker

    I’m all for Alfie’s beard. Granted, a beard doesn’t suit all guys but Alfie is a beard kind of guy. He looks so young in those pre-beard days – and I guess he was. I actually liked his longer hair, too, but am getting used to the trimmed up look. Alfie is definitely eye candy, no matter what.

  12. Lilian Evans

    I’ve always liked a nice tidy beard. However, when my hubby grew one he looked like Blackbeard the Pirate!!! It was a very solid black and really made him look quite grim and horrible, so after about a week of being teased and tormented he shaved it off and remained clean-shaven for the rest of his life 🙂 I prefer Alfie with his beard, he looks more grown up and very manly I think 🙂 xx

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