[Part Two of Three. See Part One here.]
4. Robson Green: OK, yesss, half the time he is playing someone who is, at the very least, a bit on the edge of perfect sanity. But, wow, can he act. His Tony Hill (Wire in the Blood) is lifted whole cloth from Val McDermid's books (Rec. #210).
Where to see him: He justly won accolades for his "I will help solve these murders even though I am battling demons of my own" roles in Touching Evil and Wire in the Blood. And you can't go wrong with Reckless (created by the divine Paul Abbott, as was Touching Evil).
5. Andrew Lincoln: You may recognize him as the lead actor of the zombie tv show that Richard Lawson delightfully dubbed The Boring Living. Or maybe you remember his emphatic jacket-zipping in Love Actually. Through most of his career, though, Andrew Lincoln has done best when playing puppy-dog-eyed hot messes.
Where to see him: His first big break was playing a guy named Egg --- Egg! --- on This Life (which, incidentally, costarred Jack Davenport). For further puppy-dog-eyed-hot-messness, turn to his stint on Teachers.
6. James McAvoy: But he is basically off-limits, even from a distance, even hypothetically, because he is married to Anne-Marie Duff and we love Anne-Marie Duff and we want them to be together forever.
Where to see him: He met Anne-Marie Duff on the set of Shameless (Rec. #14) after appearing in State of Play (Rec. #104), both of which were created by Paul Abbott. Starter for 10 is also quite fun.
Lesson of the day: If you want me to develop an instant fondness for an actor, cast him in something that Paul Abbott wrote.
Tomorrow, the rousing conclusion of this non-comprehensive list.
[Continue with Part Three here.]