From the courtroom to the show choir, and from fantasy to horror, we have chronicled some of television’s most fanciable ladies from the past 20 years. Read on to see if your favourite has made the list!
Santana Lopez from Glee
Ryan Murphy’s Glee propelled a number of LGBT+ characters onto mainstream television for teenagers, and Santana – played by Naya Rivera – was one of the most memorable. This all-singing, all-dancing sensation stood out from the crowd as she juggled cheerleading with show choir, all the while exploring her own identity, and coming to terms with her grandmother’s rejection.
Prudence from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The unapologetic witch Prudence – played by Tati Gabrielle – stole the show from the show’s titular protagonist. As the ruthless leader of her girl-gang – the Weird Sisters – Prudence proved her serious chops as an up and coming witch. Her star shines the brightest in ‘Feast of Feasts’, which sees Prudence recognised as the queen that she is.
Pamela Swynford de Beaufort from True Blood
As the co-owner of Fangtasia, the vampyric Pam – played by Kristin Bauer van Straten – won hearts with her quick wit and cold heart. In True Blood‘s third season, this vampiress truly found her stride and soon emerged as a fan-favourite for many LGBT+ viewers.
Poussey Washington from Orange is the New Black
Samira Wiley’s Poussey stole our hearts and then broke them on Jenji Kohan’s smash-hit prison drama Orange is the New Black. With a well-developed backstory and character arc, it is no wonder that Poussey, along with her inmate best friend Taystee, became two of the show’s most popular characters.
Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones
From Sansa to Arya to Cersei to the Mother of Dragons herself, there is no shortage of badass female characters in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world, but Margaery Tyrell emerges time and time again as one of the series most fanciable leading ladies. With her knowing grin and impeccable style, Margaery exuded both grace and authority as the queen of Westeros.
Annalise Keating from How To Get Away With Murder
As the driven and self-sufficient legal professor, Viola Davis exuded confidence and charisma on Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk’s mystery series. Annalise refused to put up with anyone’s bullshit, but How To Get Away With Murder also showed her vulnerability, bringing depth to an already fascinating character.
Yorkie and Kelly from Black Mirror
In a sense, ‘San Junipero’ defined queer culture in 2016. The episode is often viewed on a different level from the remainder of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series, largely for its optimistic tone and unique aesthetics. Individually, Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are gorgeous and charming, but their chemistry, and the way in which they complement each other is utterly transcendent.
Faith from Buffy
As Buffy’s compelling foil, Faith truly slayed us. The extraordinarily fanciable Eliza Dushku stepped on the screen as the unpredictable character who oscillated between good and evil throughout the series’ run, while she continued to receive the love and support of a largely sympathetic audience.
Theodora Crain from The Haunting of Hill House
In the supernatural drama of the year, The Haunting of Hill House, Theo, the middle-child of the Crain family captivated audiences with both her sensitivity and her fearlessness. Kate Siegel, who is openly bisexual, plays the stand-out character.
Kalinda Sharma from The Good Wife
Archie Panjabi won an Emmy for her role as the openly bisexual private investigator on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. Unafraid to pull emotional punches, Kalinda was widely considered to be the best character on the series, and the character’s departure from the series promoted widespread outcry from many of the show’s fans.
Alex Vause from Orange Is The New Black
Arguably a terrible and manipulative girlfriend, Piper’s former flame Alex Vause captured the attention of folks from across the spectrum. With that voice and those glasses, Laura Prepon became incredibly fanciable despite many of the character’s inherent flaws.
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