They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We’re not sure who said that but it certainly wasn’t someone who works in TV makeup or costume design. Several popular TV series are known for featuring some of the most unattractive TV characters ever created. These characters sometimes struggle in life, love and are the butt of the joke. Other times they’re portrayed as being ugly in order to fit the narrative of the story. These characters appear in several different genres, such as comedies, dramas, horror, science fiction and fantasy. It might be a bit of a surprise to know that some of these hideous characters are actually portrayed by some of the most gorgeous celebs in Hollywood.
In some cases it takes hours in makeup and prosthetics to transform these beautiful celebs into horrifying creatures. That’s not the case for all of them though. Sometimes they’re made to look plain-looking and meek. Sometimes they’re portrayed as being tough, fearless characters that don’t care about their looks. Underneath the makeup, scars or bizarre appearance are sultry and seductive celebs that make audiences sweat profusely. Here is a look at 15 Ugly TV Characters That Are Steamy In Real Life.
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15 Sketch – Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Skins revolved around a group of teenagers in South West England. The controversial British series often dealt with subjects such as mental illness, bullying, intimacy and substance abuse. The critically acclaimed series was a massive hit. It aired for seven seasons from 2007 to 2013. Sometimes a character is a bit on the unattractive side but their ugly personalities make them hideous. Lucy Sketch is manipulative and conniving. She is obsessed and in love with Maxxie. She does every thing she can to win his affection but she can never have him because he’s gay, which she is well aware of. She wears a sash to flatten her chest and wears male clothing in an attempt to win his love. Aimee-Ffion Edwards portrayed Sketch in Skins to critical acclaim. Aimee is nothing like the unappealing characters she played in the series and looks quite different out of character.
14 Amy Farrah-Fowler - Mayim Bialik
Dating online is always a tricky situation. Some people find true love online and end up with their soulmate. Other times people often find some of the creepiest people when online dating. It’s unclear which category Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper would fall into. Amy is a neurobiologist and Sheldon’s significant other. She can be just as emotionless and cold as Sheldon. That’s why they work so well together. They’re two robots from another planet that are truly a match made in heaven. From time to time Amy does show signs of being an actual human. Amy is exactly what Sheldon wants in a lover, someone plain, bland and not too pretty. Unfortunately for him underneath is the gorgeous actress Mayim Bialik. Mayim is best known for her role in the hit series Blossom. The beautiful actress breaks millions of nerds' hearts both in and out of character.
13 Peggy Olson – Elisabeth Moss
Peggy Olson started out being rather bland, meek and a bit on the unattractive side. However, over time she gains an inner confidence and transforms her look and style. Regardless, at first she is in stark contrast to the jaw-dropping beauty of Joan Holloway. The critically acclaimed drama Mad Men aired for seven seasons from 2007 to 2015. The series revolved around the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper in the 1960’s. Peggy is a reflection of the women in that era that go from blending in the background to becoming a leader in the office. Elisabeth Moss portrayed Peggy Olson in the series and played the role for the series' entire run. This was Moss’ big breakout role. Early on in the series, she often wore very plain clothes and didn’t stick out. With her newfound confidence she began to wear bright colors and rocked a stylish new hairdo.
12 Brienne of Tarth – Gwendoline Christie
Brienne of Tarth isn’t a typical girl in Westeros. She isn’t into knitting and gossip but instead into swords and fighting. She is rather large and grew up as a tomboy. The other characters mock her appearance. Instead of her looks she focuses on her fighting skills and strength. She was attracted to Renly Baratheon and seems to have feelings for Jamie Lannister. However, the feelings have never been returned. Gwendoline Christie portrays Brienne in the universally praised fantasy adventure series Game of Thrones. Clearly, Gwendoline is far more attractive in real life and is not ugly as Cersei Lannister implies. Gwendoline stands at 6 foot 3 inches and towers over most people. Her role as Brienne of Tarth has been Gwendoline’s big breakthrough role. Later, she portrayed Captain Phasma in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and will reprise her role in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
11 Taryn Manning – Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett is a bit unstable and a slightly odd character. Out of a fit of rage she murdered an abortion doctor and later became a born-again Christian. When she first arrives in the prison she causes problems and chaos for the other inmates. She can be rude and blunt but as the series progresses she displays a softer side. She might appear to be strange or unattractive but the actress behind the role is utterly beautiful. Taryn Manning portrays Tiffany Doggett in the immensely popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black. When first introduced she is the primary antagonist but later becomes a protagonist. The character has received mixed reviews from critics but Taryn’s performance has been universally praised. Taryn landed the role without ever auditioning because she’s perfect for the part. Taryn has had a great career even before landing the role of Doggett. She’s appeared in several well-known films, including Crossroads, 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow.
10 Liz Lemon – Tina Fey
Liz Lemon is often mistaken for a man. That says a lot about the attractiveness of Liz Lemon. Liz just doesn't care about how she looks or looking attractive. She’s too busy making fun of people to care about her physical appearance. She’s focused on her job as head writer for the sketch comedy series TGS with Tracy Jordan and doesn’t have the time to put effort into her looks. She still manages to land some gorgeous looking men. The geeky Liz would rather stay in and watch the Star Wars trilogy while inhaling junk food. Tina Fey portrayed Liz Lemon in the critically acclaimed sitcom 30 Rock, which she also created. Tina Fey is regarded as one of the most beautiful comedians despite playing someone that dresses like a boy. However, the series is based on Tina’s time as head writer for Saturday Night Live and she actually plays a fictionalized version of herself.
9 Kitty Sanchez - Judy Greer
Judy Greer is known for being one of the most beautiful celebs in Hollywood. Greer often plays the funny, pretty girlfriend or wife. She now finds herself typecast in the quirky gorgeous blonde role. She’s landed supporting roles in numerous popular movies, such as The Descendants, Jurassic World and Ant-Man. It wasn’t always like that for Judy. In fact, she rose to prominence portraying a character so repulsive that even Gob Bluth wasn’t attracted to her. Judy Greer portrayed Kitty Sanchez in the beloved comedy Arrested Development. Kitty Sanchez was the insane and ugly assistant/mistress of George Bluth Sr. She was so ugly that it took all the strength and effort for Gob to make a move on her. To say he was disgusted would be an understatement. However, if Gob could get a chance with Judy he’d likely jump at the opportunity.
8 Arya Stark – Maisie Williams
In Westeros and Essos, most characters can’t afford to worry about their looks and appearance. All the kings and queens can afford to do that but not everyone is as wealthy as they are. Then there are the characters that are too busy making lists and getting revenge to even care about their physical appearance. Arya Stark witnessed members of her family being murdered and the family name dragged through the mud. She’s now on a mission to pay back all those that hurt her family. Arya Stark might be slightly unattractive but the actress behind the character certainly isn’t. Maisie Williams portrays Arya in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. Maisie has portrayed Arya since the beginning of the series. Williams started on the series as a child and has grown up in front of the world. She’s still young and will one day be a knockout.
7 Alex Dunphy - Ariel Winter
Alex Dunphy is the middle child of the Dunphy family. She is the most intelligent person in her entire family. She excels in her academics and is far brighter than her siblings and even parents. According to her older sister Haley, Alex is a nerd that doesn’t know how to dress and will likely be alone forever. Alex is portrayed as being slightly on the dorky and unattractive side. Ariel Winter portrays Alex Dunphy in the popular sitcom Modern Family. She started on the series as a child and has blossomed in front of a worldwide audience. In real life, Ariel is far more attractive than her TV counterpart. In fact, Ariel has been stirring up controversy with her provocative and tantalizing pics on Instagram. Alex Dunphy enjoys wearing oversized sweaters and wears a pair of large glasses. Ariel Winter enjoys showing off her curvy body and large “assets.”
6 Bernadette – Melissa Raunch
Big Bang Theory fans all over the world often debate about who is the most beautiful between Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco. A lot of fans would pick Melissa over Kaley. Melissa has become one of the hottest rising celebrities. However, she rose to prominence playing a meek and nerdy scientist. Bernadette is sweet, innocent and intelligent. However, she also has a short fuse and can be ruthless. She’s portrayed as being the opposite of Penny but in reality she’s just as beautiful. Penny is the hot girl next door while Bernadette is the hot study partner. Regardless, she often dresses down and is portrayed as a “nerd”. Melissa plays the role of Bernadette in the series. Initially, she was a recurring character but quickly became a permanent fixture in the series. Big Bang fans all over the world passed out when seeing Melissa out of character.
5 Margaret McPoyle – Thesy Surface
The McPoyle family is an odd incestuous family that often feuds with “The Gang”. The youngest in the family is the oddest of them all, Margaret. She is a deaf-mute but don’t let that fool you. She’s just as manipulative as any other person in Philadelphia. Underneath the odd appearance and strange behavior is a beautiful actress. Thesy Surface portrays Margaret in the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It’s Always Sunny is known for its dark and sometimes disturbing sense of humour. The series revolves around Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Dee and Frank. Most of the characters in the series are self-centered and not that bright. The McPoyle family are some of the most unattractive characters in the series. In fact, The Gang finds Margret and her siblings to be repulsive. Regardless, Thesy is clearly much more attractive than her TV counterpart.
4 Crazy Eyes - Uzo Aduba
At first glance, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren appears to be unstable and terrifying. She is best known for her Bantu knots and obviously, her crazy eyes. At times, Crazy Eyes can be very intelligent and has even quoted Shakespeare. However, she is emotionally unstable and can snap at a moment's notice. Despite appearing to be unattractive, the actress behind those crazy eyes is incredibly talented and gorgeous. Uzo Aduba portrays Crazy Eyes in the critically and commercially acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Uzo has been universally praised for her phenomenal performance in the series. She is only one of two actors to have received Emmy Awards in two different categories for playing the same character.
3 Rachel Berry – Lea Michele
Rachel Berry was the co-captain of the glee club The New Directions. Her dream was to one-day make it to Broadway and nobody was going to stand in her way. She sometimes dresses preppy and nerdy. Other times she comes close to dressing like all the other pretty girls but is just a little off. Rachel is bit dorky and sometimes obnoxious. Rachel is very ambitious and dreams of being in the spotlight. Lea Michele portrayed Rachel Berry in the beloved musical series Glee. The series aired for 6 seasons from 2009 to 2015. She based the character on Tracy Flick from Election and Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Lea appeared in every season and was praised for her performance. Lea may have become famous for playing the nerdy Rachel but is actually gorgeous and glamorous in real life. Lea became an instant celeb with her role and impressed audiences with several breathtaking photoshoots.
2 Betty Suarez – America Ferrera
Betty Suarez is awkward, a bit odd and doesn’t put much effort into her physical appearance. Betty is a bit…what’s the word we’re looking for? That’s right, ugly. It’s right there in the title. Despite her appearance, Betty lands a job at a distinguished fashion magazine. Ugly Betty aired on ABC for four seasons from 2006 to 2010. The stunning America Ferrera portrayed Betty in the series to critical acclaim. The series itself suffered from declining ratings before being cancelled but America was praised for her performance in the series. In particular, many were impressed by her ability to transform from a gorgeous babe to a person that blends into the background. Betty is often praised for being a realistic, down to earth character that is very relatable. Basically, every single one of us is “ugly”. Except for America, she’s one of the steamiest celebs alive.
1 Pepper – Naomi Grossman
The unusual but lovable Pepper is one of the most popular characters in American Horror Story. In the 50’s, Pepper was a member of Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities, which was a travelling freak show. Later, she was committed to Briarcliff Manor. American Horror Story is an anthology series with each season featuring its own self-contained story featuring its own setting and characters. Pepper is the first character to appear in multiple seasons. She first appeared in the second season, Asylum, and returned in the fourth season Freak Show. In a huge surprise, actress Naomi Grossman portrays Pepper in American Horror Story. Naomi has been praised for her performance and for her transformation into Pepper. In fact, the transformation takes several hours. Naomi’s role as Pepper has been her big breakout role. Additionally, the revelation that Naomi is the gorgeous beauty behind Pepper shocked fans and the media.
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