I'll Be Damned! These Are TV's 10 Hottest Priests
Maarten de Boer for TV Guide Magazine
Father Tomas Ortega – The Exorcist
In the history of TV priests, Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) on Fox’s The Exorcist ranks as one of the hottest. Of course, Father Tomas is also one of the most guilt-ridden because he had his own lustful encounter in the first season and is finding it tough to keep the devil out of his own head.
While we wait to see where the Season 2 of the drama goes, we can only hope for lots of important exposition during a sweaty work out in the gym with Father Marcus (Ben Daniels). Give us what we want, The Exorcist!
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Father Marcus Keane – The Exorcist
For a more devilishly handsome variety priest, let’s look no further than Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels). He has his own inner demons to work out and he’s been excommunicated, but he’s still doing God’s work in fighting the Devil tooth, nail and holy cross.
Father Ralph de Bricassart – The Thorn Birds
Based on the Colleen McCullough novel, The Thorn Birds was a hit miniseries in the spring of 1983 and much of that was due to the shocking (but undeniable) love between Father Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlin) and Meggie Cleary (Rachel Ward). Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned!
Brendan Rowe – Charmed
Way before he was solving crimes on NCIS and headlining his own show, Bull, Michael Weatherly guest starred on a Season 1 episode of Charmed as a young man who becomes a priest to stop himself from becoming evil. Nice collar, Weatherly!
Dean and Sam – Supernatural
Oh, brother! In “Nightmare,” a Season 1 episode of Supernatural, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) don priest collars to get information on a man who seemingly died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Sam and Dean, when will you hear our confessions?
Father Christopher Rossini – Falcon Crest
Before he made us swoon as Michael Steadman on ABC’s thirtysomething, and became a producer/director on This Is Us, Ken Olin spent a season as Father Christopher Rossini on the CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest in 1985. In a shocking twist, it was revealed the good Father was the illegitimate son of Julia Cumson (Abby Dalton), which meant he was also the grandson of villainous matriarch, Angela Channing (Jane Wyman). Run, priest, run!
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Jesse Custer – Preacher
Based on the popular comic book series of the same name, Dominic Cooper brings a swarthy sexiness to the role of Jesse Custer on AMC’s Preacher. A preacher who may have committed a crime or two in his past, Custer also realizes he has a superpower to make people do anything he wants. Oh the things he can compel the congregation to do!
Father Jude Sutton – Me, Myself and the Apocalypse
We’d already gotten use to Rob Lowe doing comedy from his years on Parks and Recreation so seeing him as Father Jude Sutton on NBC’s 2015 comedy Me, Myself and the Apocalypse was out-of-this-world fun. Of course, Father Jude was no saint because he swore like a sailor, smoked like a fiend and had abandoned the mother of his twin sons in his past. Combine all that with Lowe’s ageless good looks and it made for big laughs.
Eric Brady – Days of Our Live
One thing TV priests seem to have in common is deep-rooted angst and guilt. That goes ten fold for Days of Our Lives hottie Eric Brady. Played by dreamy Greg Vaughan, Eric returned to Salem in his collar and with do-good objectives, but his longtime love for Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) could not rest in peace. Eric eventually chose to leave the priesthood (after a sex tape almost got him excommunicated) and even though Nicole is currently with Eric’s cousin Brady (Eric Martsolf), there’s no denying the power of Ericole!
Caleb – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It was the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and they needed one more big bad for Buffy to battle before the show set off into the sunset. Enter a sadistic priest who isn’t a big fan of women and you’ve got Caleb, played by a pre-Castle Nathan Fillion. Caleb’s handsome looks and sloppy-chic haircut didn’t make him appear to be a threat but, oh, was he bad. Of course, he inevitably wasn’t a match for Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), but he was one scary (sexy) priest!
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned...
A hot priest is nothing new to television viewers with the white collared one (almost) always being trustworthy, loyal and committed to spread the good word. But what happens when that priest is also hotter than Hades? I mean, how are you supposed to concentrate on doing the right thing when your priest is filling your mind with impure thoughts?
In honor of the second season of Fox's fantastic drama, The Exorcist, and its resident hot priests—dreamy Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrara) and sexy Father Marcus (Ben Daniels)—we were inspired to gather a slew of hot TV priests past and present and pay tribute to them. The Exorcist airs Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.
Check out our list and if we missed any hot TV priests, forgive us, then leave their names/shows in the comments below, because we are more than willing to do God's work and create a follow-up list.
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