24's Kiefer Sutherland Second to Who in the UK
24's Kiefer Sutherland Second to Who in the UK
No, seriously, 24's Kiefer Sutherland, or more appropriately the character he plays on 24, Jack Bauer, is the second most popular character in the United Kingdom according to a new poll.  The number one character, ironically, is one that can't be related to a specific actor at all, the BBC's Dr. WHO.  Having been on the air for about a hundred and thirty years over there, it is hard to imagine Brits choosing anybody else.  Still, 24's Sutherland pulled a close second with the calm, cool, and collective Jack Bauer.  Read on to see who else made the list.

Coming in hot of Jack Bauer's heels was the incomparable Happy Days icon "The Fonz" portrayed by Henry Winkler.  This is a sure sign that the poll was held outside of the USA, because most of us over here now associate the leather jacketed one with his infamous daredevil water skiing feat that has become the synonym for television failure:  "Jumping the Shark".

Predictably, most of the other characters on the list were from shows of British origin with the notable exception of LOST's Sawyer portrayed by Josh Holloway.  As a matter of fact, when you look over the entire poll results, you have to wonder just what messed up upper scale neighborhood they conducted this poll in:

1) Doctor Who (David Tennant)
2) Jack Bauer in 24 (Kiefer Sutherland)
3) The Fonz in Happy Days (Henry Winkler)
4) Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
5) Cat in Red Dwarf (Danny John-Jules)
6) DCI Gene Hunt in Life On Mars (Philip Glenister)
7) Dermot O'Leary
8) Columbo (Peter Falk)
9) Dylan in The Magic Roundabout
10) Sawyer in Lost (Josh Holloway)

I'm just saying, even though this is from across the pond, haven't these guys ever heard of TJ Hooker?  What about Michael Knight?  I thought David Hasselhoff was big over there.  Still, its hard to imagine a top ten characters list without at least one player from the Kenneth Starr hearings,  come on.

So who is your favorite character on television?  Should BuddyTV take it upon themselves to come up with a 'real' poll?  Who would you nominate?  Sound off.

-  Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image from FOX)