Bauer tops crime fighter poll

24's Jack Bauer has been named as the hottest TV crime fighter ever.

24's Jack Bauer has been named as the hottest TV crime fighter ever.

The terrorist agent – played by Keifer Sunderland – topped the list of the sexiest law enforcement officials, beating EastEnders' retired police officer Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) and 'Ashes to Ashes' detective Gene Hunt in the poll to celebrate the launch of the second series of cop drama 'Rookie Blue'.

Anna Morgan of NBC Universal said: “'Rookie Blue' takes a sexy look at the high-octane lifestyle of rookie cops so we wanted to pay tribute to some of the hottest crime fighters of the small screen.

"It’s great to see some classics in there such as Farah Fawcett and Bruce Willis, proving that policing will always be the sexiest profession in the TV world!”

Hollywood stars Bruce Willis and David Duchovny rounded out the top five for their respective portrayals of detective David Addison in 'Moonlighting' and alien obsessed FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in 'The X Files'.

Sexiest female crime fighters include poll topper 'Ashes to Ashes' DI Alexandra Drake, played by Keeley Hawes, Diana Rigg's Emma Peel from 'The Avengers' and Joanna Lumley's Purdey as featured in 'The New Avengers'.

Special Agent Dana Scully as played by Gillian Anderson in 'The X Files' and Helen Mirren's smouldering Jane Tennison in 'Prime Suspect' complete the top five.

'Rookie Blue', season two starts on Sunday 25th September at 9pm on Universal Channel.

Top 10 Hot Male Cops

1. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland in '24')

2. Jack Branning (Scott Maslen in 'Eastenders')

3. DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister in 'Ashes to Ashes')

4. David Addison (Bruce Willis in 'Moonlighting')

5. Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny in 'X Files')

6. Calvin Valentine (Ricky Whittle in 'Hollyoaks')

7. DCI Sam Tyler (John Simm in 'Life on Mars')

8. Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth in 'Law and Order')

9. Sonny Crocket (Don Johnson in 'Miami Vice')

10. DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles in 'Midsomer Murders')

Top 10 Hot Female Cops

1. DI Alexandra Drake (Keeley Hawes 'Ashes to Ashes')

2. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg in 'The Avengers')

3. Purdey (Joanna Lumley in 'The New Avengers')

4. Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson in 'The X Files')

5. Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren in 'Prime Suspect')

6. Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett in 'Charlie’s Angels')

7. Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox in 'Silent Witness')

8. Makepeace (Glynis Barber in 'Dempsey and Makepeace')

9. Agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner in 'Alias')

10. DS Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman in 'New Tricks')

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