Very much like the past year’s movies, we are seeing more diversity in television. Not only by race, but specifically, by female roles that are escaping the typical archetype of the damsel in distress, a housewife, or a boring secretary. These days we are seeing stronger, fully developed characters that embody what it means to be a woman. A lot of these female characters are lawyers, doctors, government workers, or even superheroes. Each of them are feminine, complex, and exude the power and self confidence that can make any male (or female!) fall to their knees.
We are seeing prime-time shows right now filling up with these kinds of leading ladies and they are winning over audiences. As they should, because they are very well written. More often than not, they can be mainly found in some of today’s hottest dramatic shows, where the characters are able to be explored in-depth. You are likely to find strong female characters played by some the hottest actresses and regardless whether they are recurring veterans or newcomers, mid twenties or still rocking it in their forties, Hollywood has brought us a very talented and diverse group of actresses to play these feminine and dominating roles on the small screen. Their attributes and gorgeous looks that make them so incredibly sexy also make it hard not to watch them every night. So why not talk about them right now.
Here are the top 15 Seriously Sexy Women in Television. See if your favorite one made the list. Enjoy!
15. Lauren Cohan – The Walking Dead
Fans of the Walking Dead already know who Lauren Cohan is- she plays the role of Maggie on the show. The first of half of Season 6 of the Walking Dead messed up fans’ emotions with the Wolves invading fortress Alexandria and the fake death of Glenn. With all that out of the way, we are looking forward to seeing what happens to her character mid-season. The actress has been working in Hollywood for quite some time, working on shows such as The Vampire Diaries. Though it is definitely AMC’s highly rated, post-apocalyptic, zombie drama that catapulted Cohan to stardom. She’s an actress to watch this year.
14. Monica Raymund – Chicago Fire
Monica Raymund is a raven-haired beauty and Florida native. She currently stars in the NBC drama Chicago Fire and played Dana Lodge in CBS’s The Good Wife. Like many actresses on this list she has an extensive theater background. Raymund graduated from the Juilliard School. In 2008 she was featured on Law & Order: SVU. She would later go on to star in the cop drama Lie To Me, playing the role of Maria “Ria” Torres, a young woman who has the ability to detect lies and emotions. In Chicago Fire, Raymund plays Gabriela Dawson, a firefighter and lead paramedic. Nothing says hot more than a woman who is in charge.
13. Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Star of the legal drama on CBS, The Good Wife, the stunning Julianna Margulies continues to draw audiences each episode. Regardless of age, she’s fine! On the show she plays the beautiful and intelligent Alicia Florrick who returns to work as a prosecutor after her husband Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth) faces jail time for political corruption and a sex scandal. Margulies has won the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for her lead role. The show is set to end on May 8th so be sure to set your DVR to catch this leading lady one last time.
12. Taraji P. Henson – Empire
Taraji P. Henderson, who rose to fame from her starring role in Hustle & Flow, wowed us with her fiesty portrayal as Cookie Lyon in Empire last year. Incredibly talented and always looking fierce, she reprises her part as the smart, outspoken mother of 3 and wife of Lucious Lyon (opposite Terrence Howard). Last month, Henderson received the Best Actress award at the Golden Globes, making her the third black woman to win the prestigious honor. To celebrate she even gave out cookies before she accepted her award. Humor, talent, and influence…if that isn’t seriously sexy, we aren’t sure what is.
11. Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: SVU
You love her from one of NBC’s most popular and longest running crime dramas on television, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Even at the age of 52, she looks amazing and still kicks major butt as fan favorite Officer Olivia Benson. Hargitay has continued to receive critical acclaim for her performance as Benson, including winning both Emmys and Golden Globes. As long as she continues to play Olivia Benson, we will definitely continue to watching. If you’re not watching this current season, you are seriously missing out.
10. A.J. Cook – Criminal Minds
If you know your films well enough, you might remember A.J. Cook from Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut The Virgin Suicides and the horror/supernatural flick Final Destination 2. These days, this sexy blue-eyed Canadian actress plays FBI Agent and communications liaison Jennifer Jareau in the CBS drama Criminal Minds. Her filmography also includes appearing on TV shows such as Higher Ground alongside Hayden Christensen, Dead Like Me, and Tru Calling. In 2014, she made it onto Maxim’s Hot 100 list, ranking at number 88. A.J. Cook did briefly leave Criminal Minds due to budget cuts but has since returned. So make sure you watch the show to catch a glimpse of her before she leaves again, hopefully not anytime soon.
9. Grace Gealey – Empire
Empire features many beautiful actresses and singers. So far it has introduced us to some great new talent, specifically the very hot Grace Gealey. She plays Anika Calhoun, the former lover of Lucious Lyon and Cookie’s arch rival. Gealey may not have many TV credits to her name (yet!) but this lovely woman has a solid theater background. She earned a theater degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine. Soon after she began performing Off-Broadway shows in New York City and in the Chicago theater scene. Last year she got engaged to her Empire co-star Trai Byers.
8. Caity Lotz – Arrow/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
If you are a fan of Arrow or have checked out the CW’s newest show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, then you have definitely heard of Caity Lotz. Lotz plays Sara Lance/Canary on both shows. This blonde and blue-eyed girl is not only an actress, she was also once a drummer for musicians such as Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne. She also appeared in the music videos “One Love” by David Guetta feat. Estelle and T-Pain’s “Freeze”. Back in May 2014, she returned to Mad Men to continue her role as Stephanie until the show’s finale last year. Thank goodness she is in two shows this year.
7. Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
You know and love her, which is why Viola Davis makes it onto this list. The Tony and Emmy winner reprises her role as the sexy, highly intelligent professor and defense attorney Annalise Keating in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Viola Davis’ performance has earned her many accolades. Most notably, she has won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress; making her the first African American woman to win in the dramatic category. Yet she remains humble and focuses on her craft. That and her beauty, power, and influence is what makes her so watchable. Soon you’ll catch her on the big screen as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad which is due out later this year.
6. Hayley Atwell – Agent Carter
This sexy gal is known for playing one of Marvel’s favorite agents. Hayley Atwell is a British American actress mostly known for her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the overnight success, Marvel’s Agent Carter. She started her career by starring in Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream in 2007. Atwell first started playing Peggy Carter in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger. That part became her breakthrough Hollywood role. Atwell has continued to play Agent Carter in MCU films like Captain America: Winter Soldier, Ant Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as on TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. Karla Souza – How To Get Away With Murder
Karla Souza is another hot actress from the How To Get Away With Murder cast who is a must watch this year. This beautiful, bilingual, Mexican-born actress got her start in “Telenovelas” after graduating from acting school in London. She moved to L.A. to pursue more American film and television roles where she landed the part as Laurel Castillo, a series regular on HTGAWM. It’s hard not to look at her while watching the show. Her character is smart, sexy, and feisty. She’s easy on the eyes, too, but her talent makes her so watchable.We may have to wait to see what happens with her character this season but we’ve got a good feeling we’re going to be seeing her for awhile.
4. Aja Naomi King – How To Get Away With Murder
Okay, we are not biased or anything but this cast is very sexy. It’s kind of hard to not mention them on this list. That being said, meet Aja Naomi King who stars as the ambitious Michaela Pratt on the hit show. She started working in television in 2010, appearing in shows such as The Blacklist, Deadbeat, and Blue Bloods. She made her film debut with the indie flick Damsels in Distress. However, it was in The CW’s medical dramedy Emily Owens, M.D that she had her breakthrough, playing the role of the med-school intern Cassandra Kopelson. She is also a rising film star. Her performance in The Birth of a Nation has garnered her high praise from critics. King appears to be a star in the making on both the small and big screens.
3. Melissa Benoist – Supergirl
CBS’s new show Supergirl is one of the hottest shows on television right now and that is partly due to its lead actress, Melissa Benoist. Benoist has a sexy “Girl Next Door” look with great acting chops to pull off one of DC’s most recognizable female superheroes. Benoist first reached fame due to her role as Marley Rose on the musical comedy Glee. She has also made appearances on other award-winning shows such as Homeland, Law & Order and The Good Wife. In 2013, she starred in the Academy Award nominated film Whiplash.
2. Candice Patton – The Flash
Next on our list we have Candice Patton from the CW’s The Flash. She plays Iris West who is the daughter of a New York Police detective and Barry Allen’s (aka The Flash) best friend and love interest. You may have also watched her on The Game as Tory. Her career started in soap operas such as the Bold and The Beautiful. Her role as Iris West has earned her much recognition, including a Teen Choice award nomination for breakout star. In 2015, she was number 61 on Maxim’s Hot 100 List. Well deserved, we think!
1. Erin Richards – Gotham
Whether you are a fan of Fox’s cop/superhero drama or not, you’ve got to admit that Erin Richards is very beautiful and fun to watch on screen. Richards is a Welsh actress who has done a bit of film but only started acting in television in 2010. Appearances include popular supernatural and fantasy BBC dramas such as Being Human and Merlin. She also starred in the Fox comedy Breaking In in 2012. She currently plays the sexy and now villainous Barbara Kean on Gotham. Though her character has strayed from the original comics, it’s been a huge step up from previous seasons. It seems as though Richards has been keeping up with the changes nicely and we are looking forward to seeing her more this upcoming season.