Thinking man's/woman's crumpet
In British English, the term the thinking man's/woman's crumpet is a way of describing a man or a woman who is popular with the opposite sex primarily because of their intelligence but also due to their physical attractiveness.
The first person to be called "the thinking man's crumpet" was Joan Bakewell, by humorist Frank Muir, following her appearances in high-brow television discussion programmes such as BBC2's Late Night Line-Up. Bakewell is still synonymous with the phrase, but it has subsequently been applied to other high-profile women such as Anne Gregg, Joanna Lumley, and Felicity Kendal, and, more recently, Helen Mirren Jennifer Saunders and Gillian Anderson. In a poll in the Radio Times in 2003, Nigella Lawson received the most votes to be the readers' "thinking man's crumpet", with Carol Vorderman in second place.
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