Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp is used to winning praise and awards for his film performances. Whether he’s starring in Chocolat, Pirates of the Caribbean or The Tourist (with the equally gorgeous Angelina Jolie) his acting consistently wins him more good reviews and more adoring fans. His smouldering good looks have long attracted attention too. Now, he’s won a new accolade. It may just be a frivolous bit of fun, but he’s been voted as the celebrity with the best moustache by British voters during a November 2011 campaign to raise funds for prostate cancer research.
Johnny’s moustache easily beat off the other competition whether rugged and manly (007 star Sean Connery), clearly eccentric (surreal artist Salvador Dali) or simply not-to-be-taken-seriously (sorry Borat.)
Before I list Johnny’s competitors so you can decide if you think he deserved to win, here’s a note of the various moustache styles represented in the competition. (Click here to see examples.)
The Pencil moustache. This is a thin, closely-clipped moustache that can be trimmed in several different ways. (I would say Johnny’s is a Pencil moustache.)
The Chevron moustache. This is a thick, wide moustache, worn long enough to cover the top of the upper lip and pick up the froth from a cappuccino. Yuk! (Think Tom Selleck.)
The Horseshoe. This one droops down the sides of the mouth to the jaw line. Think bad-guy-in-a-western.
The Handlebar. Horribly bushy, curls up at the ends à la jolly inn keeper in a period Ivory and Merchant film.
The Walrus is a big, bushy moustache that droops down over the lips. It can cover the whole mouth. Eeek.
The English moustache. A narrow divided moustache with long whiskers pulled out to either side. Think British Empire….
The Imperial. Also the Empire. This one grows from the upper lip and the cheeks though, with whiskers from the cheeks styled upwards on the face. (Eeek again.)
The Painter’s Brush. Adolf Hitler?
The Fu Manchu. Only really looks right in the Orient. It drops down on either side of the mouth and falls below the jawline.
The Dali. Playful, narrow moustache with extravagantly long points teased sharply upwards. Only ever looked right on artist Salvador Dali.
The Toothbrush. Hardly worth growing or wearing. This one is thick but not even as wide as your nose. Really, what’s the point?
So, the actors and other entertainers who were voted on are as follows. They’re listed in order from most votes to fewest.
Bruce Forsyth (British TV presenter)
David Souchet as ‘Poirot’
Des Lynam (British sports presenter)
Jimmy Edwards (British comic actor, now deceased)
Warren Mitchell (British comic actor)
Christopher Lee as ‘Fu Man Chu’
Daniel Day Lewis as Bill in ‘Gangs of New York’
Jason Lee as Earl in ‘My Name is Earl’
Nigel Mansel (British racing driver)
Sacha Baron Cohen as ‘Borat’
Ringo Starr of the Beatles
However – Johnny Depp or no Johnny Depp, 47% of people voting in the poll said they preferred stars, and men in general, without moustaches. So Depp may have won the celebrity moustache vote – but the no-moustache vote was higher….