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  • Here is my list of the 15 main actors/actresses, ranked from most attractive to least attractive. Would love to know how other people would organise their lists!!


    Men most to least:

    1. David Selby

    2. Michael Stroka

    3. Humbert Allen Astredo

    4. Don Briscoe

    5. Roger Davis

    6. David Ford

    7. Jerry Lacey

    8. John Karlen

    9. Christopher Pennock

    10. Joel Crothers

    11. Louis Edmonds

    12. Thayer David

    13. Mitchell Ryan

    14. Jim Storm

    15. Jonathan Frid

    Other choices added by popular demand for your own lists: Dennis Patrick, Anthony George


    Women most to least:

    1. Alexandra Moltke Isles

    2. Nancy Barrett

    3. Kate Jackson

    4. Lara Parker

    5. Kathryn Leigh Scott

    6. Donna McKechnie

    7. Grayson Hall

    8. Marie Wallace

    9. Donna Wandrey

    10. Diana Millay

    11. Terryayne Crawford

    12. Virginia Vestoff

    13. Clarice Blackburn

    14. Joan Bennett

    15. Lisa Blake Richards

    Other choices added by popular demand for your own lists: Betsy Durkin, Jane Draper, Carolyn Groves, Elizabeth Eis, Diana Davila


    I (originally) cut it to 15 because it's such a large cast that the list could go on and on, so I chose who I thought were the most important 15. I also made my list based not just on how many episodes each actor/actress was in, but how important their roles were and how many roles they played. So for instance, I included Michael Stroka, but didn't include Robert Rodan, even though Robert Rodan featured in more episodes, because I felt Michael Stroka's roles were more important, plus Robert Rodan only had the one role. BUT if anyone thinks someone should be included who isn't, feel free to include them in your lists!
    And obviously, you don't have to do both lists if you don't want – I'm straight, so for the actresses, I just picked objectively who I thought was the prettiest. But if you'd rather only do one or the other, just go ahead! :)

    Just a note to explain: although I don't find everyone on the lists attractive (I only consider the top 5 genuinely hot...especially the truly perfect David Selby...), I just got the main 15 actors and actresses, and took an "if you had to choose" approach to organise the others -- though you can do it any way you want. If you don't want to use this list of main actors/actresses and instead want to make a list of the ones you found genuinely attractive only, just do what you feel. 

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    • This is quite an interesting topic. And because it's so subjective, no two lists could be exactly the same. I'll pass on the male cast, since I associate the word "attractive" with appetite. But I will say this: I can't fathom a list where David Ford is in the top 10, let alone several notches higher than Joel Crothers and especially Mitchell Ryan, nor can I understand why Louis Edmonds would be on the list at all, but there you go. Here's my top 15:

      1. Alexandra Moltke

      2. Kathryn Leigh Scott

      3. Nancy Barrett

      4. Donna Wandrey

      5. Diana Millay

      6. Silent Susie No. 1 (Colleen Kelly)

      7. Silent Susie No. 2 (Carol Crist)

      8. The 

      9. Blue

      10. Whale

      11. dancers

      12. from episodes 2 and 16

      13. Donna McKechnie

      14. Lovelady Powell

      15. Katherine Balfour

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    • Thanks for your reply and nice list – Alexandra Moltke is definitely the true First Lady of Dark Shadows!

      As for my own list, I picked the main characters and then made myself rank them in order, but it doesn't mean I find them all attractive – my first five I genuinely think are hot (especially the stunning David Selby), but after that, it was a struggle, to be honest, but that's how I like to do it (a sort of "if you had to choose" mentality"). In regards to David Ford though, although he doesn't make my top five genuine hot list, I do think he has a certain something (but then, I've always had a thing about larger, older men). :)

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    • Just to clarify -- my list wasn't a "most to least", but rather a list of 15 women on the show I find the most attractive, off the top of my head. I could have easily added more... :)

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    • So would you be able to pick your overall absolute Number One, or is it one of those things you just couldn't choose? :D

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    • It's one of those things where it depends which episode(s) and which period of the show I'm watching at any given moment. (Also I just realized you were looking for a list of "main" players, while I added extras and day players as well.) It could be Nancy Barrett in one episode, especially in the 1966 episodes, Alexandra Moltke in the next, or both AM and Katherine Leigh Scott in another, and so on. But if I'm into the 1970 episodes, then it's Donna Wandrey all the way ("Foxy Roxy"). It's fair to say I like each of the actresses in my list equally well, each for their own qualities.

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    • Yeah, I know what you mean. When I did my list of the actresses, it was really hard choosing between Lara Parker and Kate Jackson for that same reason -- it really depends what episodes/period you're thinking of.

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    • I only think of Moltke from pre-Barnabas days in this way.

      And I don't think anyone comes close to Lara.

      Lara Parker

      Donna McKechnie

      Nancy Barrett

      Diana Millay

      Donna Wandrey

      Kate Jackson

      KLS


      But I'd like to see the day player list.

      Mine starts with Diana Davila.

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    • Karlcollins wrote:

      But I'd like to see the day player list.

      Mine starts with Diana Davila.

      Yes! She was so pretty, and she had such a lovely voice!

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    • It was her eyes, for me. Cheekbones, hair, right up there.

      She did very well with the accent.

      Not perfect with lines, but few were.

      The closest to 100percent were Lara, Diana, and then, just about nobody.

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    • Lara Parker and Diana Davila are an interesting pair of favourites, considering they're very, very different physically.

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    • Here's my list on the female side, couldn't quite do a top 15 but here goes:

      1. Kathryn Leigh Scott

      2. Kate Jackson

      3. Lara Parker

      4. Terry Crawford

      5. Nancy Barrett

      6. Alexandra Moltke

      7. Donna Wandrey

      8. Marie Wallace

      9. Joan Bennett

      10. Diana Milay

      Not quite main characters but worth adding to the list:

      Betsy Durkin

      Jane Draper

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    • Terry Crawford topping Nancy Barrett and Alexandra Moltke. Fascinating.

      I forgot all about Jane Draper -- she was cute, but I have way too much (admittedly undeserved) hatred towards Betsy Durkin for daring to replace Alexandra Moltke to give her the time of day.

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    • Yea I get it, AM ruled as Victoria. She really couldn't be replaced but I still think Betsy Durkin was cute. Also, after thinking about it, I can't believe I left Clarice Blackburn off my list, I probably could have come up with a top 15!

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    • Durkin was good, just wrong for the part...

      Draper was just right, and defined her part...

      Carolyn Groves was also pretty right. She could have continued. Maybe she should make the list.

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    • I really think Vicki could have stayed as a character if they'd got Carolyn Groves from the start. I think that's the thing about Betsy Durkin -- she could have been good for another part, but she was too strong an actress to take over a role already so closely (and fondly) associated with someone else. Carolyn Groves had a much more unobtrusive presence and slid into the part much more easily (IMO).

      I've added all those ladies discussed as extras that people can choose for their lists (as well as a few others that my family told me in person I should include); but don't forget, even if there are actors/actresses not included in the OP, anyone is still welcome to include anyone they want in their own personal lists. :)

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    • 13. Clarice Blackburn

      14. Joan Bennett

      15. Lisa Blake Richards

      Would love to hear the explanation for this...terrific actress, but we're just talking 'eye-candy', right?

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    • I'm going to limit my list to 10, my top 5 for the men and my top 5 for the women. :)

      For the men:

      1. David Selby

      2. Don Briscoe

      3. Christopher Pennock

      4. Jonathan Frid (he's got a very majestic way about him that's incredibly appealing to me)

      5. Joel Crothers

      For the women:

      1. Kate Jackson

      2. Lara Parker

      3. Kathryn Leigh Scott

      4. Alexandra Moltke

      5. Nancy Barrett

      Okay, that proved harder than I thought it would be. XD Here are some honorable mentions (and by honorable mentions, I mean actors/actresses that don't make my top list but are still pretty damn hot in my opinion): for the men, John Karlen and Robert Rodan; for the women, Diana Davila, Terry Crawford, and Marie Wallace. 

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    • 173.13.80.225 wrote:
      13. Clarice Blackburn

      14. Joan Bennett

      15. Lisa Blake Richards

      Would love to hear the explanation for this...terrific actress, but we're just talking 'eye-candy', right?

      I don't want to insult Lisa Blake Richards, but she really, really, really does nothing for me. I don't find anything attractive about her – I hate her face, I hate her hair, I especially hate her voice. Clarice Blackburn and Joan Bennett are older than her, but even so, they both have better bone structure and are more bearable than Lisa Blake Richards. I'm trying not to be too over the top in what I say, because it does seem cruel, but honestly, I cannot express to you how much I don't like her.

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    • TheLovelyAnomaly wrote:
      I'm going to limit my list to 10, my top 5 for the men and my top 5 for the women. :)

      For the men:

      1. David Selby

      2. Don Briscoe

      3. Christopher Pennock

      4. Jonathan Frid (he's got a very magestic way about him that's incredibly appealing to me)

      5. Joel Crothers

      For the women:

      1. Kate Jackson

      2. Lara Parker

      3. Kathryn Leigh Scott

      4. Alexandra Moltke

      5. Nancy Barrett

      Okay, that proved harder than I thought it would be. XD Here are some honorable mentions (and by honorable mentions, I mean actors/actresses that don't make my top list but are still pretty damn hot in my opinion): for the men, John Karlen and Robert Rodan; for the women, Diana Davila, Terry Crawford, and Marie Wallace. 

      It's great to finally see someone else doing a list of the men! Nice balanced list altogether. My brother thinks Jonathan Frid has a really majestic quality too, but I just cannot see it myself. XD

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    • It's great to finally see someone else doing a list of the men! Nice balanced list altogether. My brother thinks Jonathan Frid has a really majestic quality too, but I just cannot see it myself. XD

      Thanks, I'm glad you like it! Haha, to each his/her own. :D 

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    •  As far as women there is only Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott . The rest do not matter .
      
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    • Donna Wandrey was also in the top three back in 1970 .

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    • Top 15 Women (the top 6 can almost be any order):

      1. Kathryn Leigh Scott

      2. Kate Jackson

      3.  Alexandra Moltke

      4. Donna Wandrey

      5. Donna McKechnie

      6. Lara Parker

      7. Nancy Barret

      8. Virginia Vestoff

      9. Clarice Blackburn

      10. Marie Wallace

      11. Grayson Hall

      12. Lisa Blake Richards

      13. Lee Beery

      14. Joan Bennett

      15. Diana Millay


      Top 15 Men:

      1. David Selby

      2. Humbert Allen Astredo

      3. Jerry Lacey

      4.Joel Crothers

      5. Jonathan Frid

      6. John Karlen

      7. Louis Edmonds

      8. Anthony George

      9. Mitchell Ryan

      10. David Ford

      11. Roger Davis

      12. Don Briscoe

      13. Jim Storm

      14. Michael Stroka

      15.Christopher Pennock

      Honorary mentions to Dennis Patrick and Thayer David.

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