It’s not just the queen that loves tea. Tea is the most consumed prepared beverage on the planet, by us normals. Celebrities of yesterday and today have also been known to sip on a cup to relax in the afternoon or speed up in the morning.
It’s also not just women who drink tea. In the US for example, the population of tea drinkers is nearly evenly split between men and women. Some of the celebrities below have helped shaped our definition of masculinity.
On that note, let’s start the list with some of the men that have played the most masculine hero of them all… Bond, James Bond. I’m not sure how they do it, but they prefer their teas shaken, not stirred.
Sean Connery is seen here on the set of the very first James Bond film Dr. No. He’s sipping a cuppa while still in handcuffs.
Pierce Brosnan is presumably about to take down one of the 135 villains he downed over his stint as Bond in four of the series films. Pierce fame stretched beyond the silver screen. In 2001 he was named The Sexiest Man alive by People Magazine.
Daniel Craig is rumored to continue his stint as Bond in two more films, the first of which is expected for release in 2015. It’s good to know that the series isn’t going anywhere. If we had to guess, these Brit’s enjoy sipping on a fine cup of Earl Grey.
In a recent article in the London Times, Osbourne describes his love of tea. In the story, he says “I have a bit of fruit for breakfast and a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea. I f***ing love Yorkshire Gold.” I bet Slash would go for something a little more thrilling.
It’s not just men who love tea. I wonder if Pamela always dresses down for her afternoon tea break.
“I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.” - Mick Jagger
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” - C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis disliked the name Clive, and was better known by the name “Jack” to his friends and family. C.S. "Jack" Lewis is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia.
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Few people can make sipping a cup of tea as cool as James Dean.
This picture of Jimi relaxing with an afternoon tea was reportedly taken on the same day he passed away. After a shredding rendition of the Star Spangled Banner we think Hendrix would have enjoyed Zest’s 4th of July inspired Apple Cinnamon Black Tea.
When Beckham isn’t winning over the hearts of soccer fans and women across the planet, he likes to sit back and enjoy a nice cup of tea. Athletic performance can be enhanced by caffeinated beverages. Maybe some Zest (and a young Beckham) would have helped team England make it past the group stage in this year's World Cup.
"There was round-the-clock partying, drinks, drugs, sex, lots of tea (of the smoking kind), and beautiful, hot, willing girls who loved to get just as high as the boys and have a good time," Marc Eliot writes in Jack’s memoir, Nicholson.
In the words Francis Underwood, Spacey’s now famous House of Cards character:
“The classy thing to do would have been to invite us up for some of that iced tea."
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Best known for his rude American character Dr. Gregory House, Hugh Laurie actually has a strong british accent.
There are few actresses that have been more influential in modern film than Merly Streep. She’s also good friends with celeb # 2 and Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
Helena manages to fuse beauty and insanity in her acting roles. She seems pretty relaxed while sipping on this cuppa.
Dean Martin seems to be impersonating the queen in this classic photo.
Al Pacino is best known for his roles as a bad boy with a heart of gold. I would presume he likes his tea black, but maybe he’s sipping on something a little more festive, like a cup of Pomegranate Mojito Green.
After breaking up with her couch hopping ex-hubby, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz deserves a relaxing cup of tea.
The glasses, the turtleneck, the tea. Nobody sports the look like Michael Caine.
Also known as inspector Jacques Clouseau in the Pink Panther, funny man Peter Seller likes his tea ‘naked’.
Jerry doesn’t only enjoy getting coffee in cars with comedians. He also enjoys sipping tea in costume with Dreyfus.
Sipping tea, singing, and playing the piano. If you can get past her crazy outfits you’ll find that Lady Gaga is one talented individual.
American poet Gary Snyder sums up the calming, but energizing effects of tea better than anyone.
“There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.”
- Gary Snyder
In conclusion, whether you’re fighting off villains, like the Bond men, or performing to crowds of crazed fans, like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, a warm cup of tea will always be there to jump start your morning or calm down your afternoons.
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