Beautiful Actresses Who Play Nerdy Female Characters

Nerds are considered super attractive these days with everyone obsessing over “geek chic.” These funny ladies are hilarious playing their characters, but are also surprisingly super hot in real life! These divas may play geeky and awkward characters on TV, but in real life, they’re brilliant and also totally gorgeous.

The Nerdy College Student

The Nerdy College Student

Annie Edison is the nerdy first-year student at Greendale Community College on the former NBC show, Community. The character of Annie is low-key fierce, even though she is often considered a baby and childlike. Don’t be fooled by her nerd exterior though,— she’s actually a total babe.

The Indie Film Star

The Indie Film Star

Alison Brie is the actress who plays Annie Edison on Community and she is anything but ugly. Alison Brie has been featured in other hit shows such as Mad Men and is now a big screen actress starring in the hit indie film Sleeping With Other People. She’s also engaged to former teen heartthrob Dave Franco.

The Loser

The Loser

Alex Dunphy is the loser nerd child on the cult classic television series Modern Family. Alex is incredibly smart; her brainy personality makes her the complete opposite of her much popular sister Haley. Alex is constantly showing people how smart she is and isn’t cool in the least.

The Bombshell

The Bombshell

Ariel Winter is one of the best actresses on TV and proves that it takes talent to play someone who is portrayed as ugly. Winter is considered one of the hottest girls on television and is widely called a “bombshell” for her killer curves. She can totally pull off a bodycon dress!

The Know-It-All

The Know-It-All

Topanga Lawrence was the nerdy and obnoxious know-it-all from the ’90s classic Boy Meets World. Topanga was main character Corey’s girlfriend and she was always helping him get out of silly issues. She was attractive (though annoying) on the show, but she is even more attractive in real life!

The Girl Taking On The World

The Girl Taking On The World

Danielle Fishel is keeping her body on point! The former child star is now reprising her role as Topanga on Boy Meets World’s spin-off series, Girl Meets World. Danielle Fishel is also well known for being the former girlfriend of Lance Bass from the popular 90s boy band NSYNC.

The Junior Detective

The Junior Detective

Lauren Cruz is a junior detective character on the widely popular television series White Collar. Cruz is a nerd to the extreme and is often too obsessed with her job to care about her own personal life. The character is only featured on the first season of White Collar but is well-remembered for her geeky ways.

The Small Screen Diva

The Small Screen Diva

Even though Natalie Morales is only known for small roles on various shows, she is still thought of as one of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood. Morales has been featured on other well-known TV shows including Parks and Recreation and on the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who.

The Total Slob

The Total Slob

Liz Lemon just wants to stay at home, drink an entire bottle of wine, and eat an entire order of mozzarella sticks. The 30 Rock character isn’t glamorous at all and doesn’t care who knows it. Lemon is a just a comedy writer who wants to stay at home in her pajamas all day. She might be a bit of a slob, but she is definitely a relatable character.

The Comedic Icon

The Comedic Icon

Tina Fey is incredibly smart and is also extremely beautiful in real life. The 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live star is a comedic icon in Hollywood for her amazing writing and her wit. The star is also attractive. Perhaps it’s her beauty that makes her confident enough to be portrayed as a slob on TV!

The Waffle Addict

The Waffle Addict

Leslie Knope is hands down, a loser. She is the awkward main character of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope is always getting confused, and she only eats waffles. ONLY waffles. Even though the character is constantly finding herself getting into uncomfortable situations, Knope’s kind heart always helps her out.

The Famous Comedienne

The Famous Comedienne

Amy Poehler is a former Saturday Night Live writer and actress and recently was the star of the NBC cult classic Parks and Recreation. Poehler was married to another famous comedian, Will Arnett and the two of them had two children together. She may be a funny woman, but she is definitely not funny looking!

The Scientist

The Scientist

Dr. Temperance Brennan is the main character on Fox’s Bones and is the reason for the title of the show. Temperance Brennan is a scientist who uses her brains and scientific knowledge to figure out murders and other crimes by examining decomposing bones. Is there anything nerdier than that?

The Sexy Nerd

The Sexy Nerd

Emily Deschanel is a beautiful woman and TV star in her own right and looks clearly run in the family. She is the sister of the attractive actress and singer Zooey Deschanel but is equally just as hot. Emily is one sexy nerd and still stars on the show, Bones. She is also married to David Hornsby and the two of them have one child together.

The New Girl

The New Girl

Jessica Day is the main character on Fox’s super cute and girly show, New Girl. Jess is the ultimate nerd, who likes to quote Lord of the Rings and sing inspiring songs to herself. Jess is extremely quirky and is able to charm the pants off of any guy she meets.

The Hot Nerd

The Hot Nerd

Zooey Deschanel invented the “hot nerd” genre with her performances in New Girl and 500 Days of Summer. The actress has been on the cover of Cosmopolitan and is the envy of many men and women. She is married to Jacob Pechenik and is a part of the hipster band She & Him.

The Needy Girl

The Needy Girl

Anita Lesnicki is one of the characters from the film, Jennifer’s Body. Lesnickiis called “needy” in the movie because she is seen as the ultimate nerd and not cool at all. Lesnicki befriends Jennifer to try to gain some popularity and ends up with one of the most famous kissing scenes in movie history.

The Pop Idol

The Pop Idol

Amanda Seyfried is now thought of as a pop and teen idol with her long blonde locks and beautiful singing voice. The star first made her acting debut on soap operas, including As The World Turns and All My Children. She was also a part of the cast of Mean Girls, which is a legendary teen movie.The Amateur Detective.

The Amateur Sleuth

The Amateur Sleuth

Veronica Mars is a former UPN teen show that features Veronica, a high school student who also solves crimes. Veronica is an undercover detective and unpopular in school. She’s a smart and daring character who also has to deal with being a social outcast in high school. It’s a lot of nerd drama.

The Disney Princess

The Disney Princess

Kristen Bell is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood these days and she is also the cutest. Bell is the voice of the iconic character Anna in the Disney movie Frozen and recently opened up about her depression. The actress and singer is currently married to fellow funny dude, Dax Shepard.

The Anti-Prom Queen

The Anti-Prom Queen

Laney Boggs is the main character in the ’90s hit movie She’s All That. Boggs is chosen by the big man on campus Zack Siler who tries to make her the prom queen. She’s definitely not prom queen material at all (in fact, she’s pretty much the opposite) but her struggle to become popular is adorable.

The Family Woman

The Family Woman

Even though Rachael Leigh Cook’s career peaked in the ’90s, she is still one of the hottest ladies around. Rachael Leigh Cook has taken a break from acting in order to focus on her personal life and her family. She is married to Daniel Gillies and has two children with him.

The Total Geek Fest

The Total Geek Fest

Viola Johnson is the main character in the movie She’s The Man which is about a girl who pretends to be a boy so that she can play soccer. The only catch is that while Viola is pretending to be a boy, she falls in love with one of her soccer mates. Awkward. To add to the geek fest, the film is based on one of Shakespeare’s plays.

The Child Star

The Child Star

Before Amanda Bynes went crazy on Twitter, she was one of the hottest young adult actresses out there. Sadly Bynes struggled with her mental health and other issues and was admitted to rehab for her problems. She is now recovering and appears to be doing better. Bynes is ready for a comeback!

The Vampire Slayer

The Vampire Slayer

Willow Rosenberg is featured in the show Buffy The Vampire Slayer and is one geeky female. Before she started killing demons and vampires, Willow Rosenberg was a shy and anxious girl who just wanted to help out her friend Buffy. It was then that she really started to come out of her shell and embrace her fierceness.

The Married Woman

The Married Woman

Alyson Hannigan has come a long way from her years of portraying the awkward character of Willow Rosenberg. The actress was also a featured star in the CBS show How I Met Your Mother and is married to Alexis Denisof. Hannigan and Denisof have two children and are very happy together.

The Showbiz Diva

The Showbiz Diva

Rachel Berry is the talented character on the Fox show Glee. She is incredibly motivated but also obnoxious dresses like a five-year-old school girl who shops at Kids R Us. Rachel also made matching calendars for someone she wasn’t even dating. She does have a killer voice, though.

The Superstar

The Superstar

Lea Michele is one sexy lady. Michele began her career as a child star on Broadway and later starred in the mega hit Spring Awakening before making her television debut on Glee. The actress and singer now dedicates her time to her show Scream Queens and is working on her new music albums.

The Forensic Scientist

The Forensic Scientist

Abby Sciuto is an eccentric and quirky forensic scientist on the popular television show NCIS. She is a nerdy scientist who gets her kicks by dissecting bodies and trying to find out how people died. Abby may not be much of a fun-loving girl, but she is really smart!

The Forensic Science Grad

The Forensic Science Grad

Pauley Perrette is best known for her role on NCIS but she is also known for her sheer love for forensic science. Perrette actually has a Bachelor’s degree in forensic science and has even told Craig Ferguson that she “has a lifetime obsession with crime.” Intelligence is very attractive quality!

The Socially Anxious Girlfriend

The Socially Anxious Girlfriend

Dr. Bernadette is a co-worker and girlfriend of Howard Wolowitz on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Bernadette is lovable, but she is also clueless when it comes to talking to other human beings. She is incredibly smart but is also socially anxious. It’s kind of cute in a way.

The Supporting Actress

The Supporting Actress

Melissa Rauch is best known for her performance on The Big Bang Theory and is also featured in supporting roles on The Office, True Blood, and Kath & Kim. In real life, the actress looks nothing like her spaced-out and loopy character at all proving that you cannot always judge someone based on their appearance!

The Bookworm

The Bookworm

Rory Gilmore is one of the main characters of the iconic television girl show Gilmore Girls. Rory seems to always have her nose in a book and was valedictorian of her high school class before going on to study at Yale. She is said to be a genius reporter and has a nerdy sense of humor.

The Blue-Eyed Star

The Blue-Eyed Star

Alexis Bledel is a gorgeous woman with a fit body and big blue eyes. She currently stars in the Netflix reboot of her show Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life and has also had appearances in other shows such as Mad Men. Bledel is married to fellow Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser.

The Hopeless Romantic

The Hopeless Romantic

Mindy Lahiri is the main character of the Hulu show The Mindy Project which follows the life of Mindy, an OB-GYN obsessed with romance. Mindy Lahiri is a hopeless romantic but is clueless when it comes to dating. She is happiest when she is consuming not one, but two bear claws.

The Girl On Fire

The Girl On Fire

Mindy Kaling is a girl on fire! Kaling is the writer and producer of The Mindy Project which she also stars in. The actress has two New York Times bestselling books and is a role model for women everywhere. She is the total package; hot and smart, the best combination.

The Neat Freak

The Neat Freak

Monica Geller was one of the main cast members of the cult classic television show, Friends. Monica is awkward, rude, and competitive in addition to being completely obsessed with cleaning and making everything perfect. Still, even though she is a little OCD, she is also a great friend and a beautiful woman.

The Timeless Beauty

The Timeless Beauty

Courteney Cox is most famous for playing Monica on the hit series Friends but she has also starred in the show Cougar Town. Cox is still one attractive lady, even though it has been many years since she was on the small screen. She has the kind of beauty that only gets better with age!

The Companion

The Companion

Being a companion on the British show Doctor Who automatically makes you nerdy and a geek. Rose Tyler is the Doctor’s first companion on the reboot of the show and she follows him throughout time and space. It’s a pretty geeky gig, but she handles it with poise and dignity.

The Teen Icon

The Teen Icon

Billie Piper first made her fame by being a teen icon and bubble gum pop singer but her beloved role on Doctor Who really made her career blow up. She is now working on the West End of London and is married to Laurence Fox. They have two children together.