Like a pair of statement kicks, a handsome smattering of scruff takes your look from fine to phwoar. Yup, there’s no denying the transformative power of some carefully cultivated whiskers in turning fresh-faced boys into erudite men about town overnight (literally) and, of course, is the time-efficient alternative to wet shaving each morning. Now, with the rising profile of the ‘lumbersexual’ – a term coined to describe the growing popularity of dressing like a sartorially savvy woodsman – an impenetrable beard serves as the crowning glory to your outfit.

Here are five hirsute celebs who gave strong facial hair game this year. They prove that, far from having reached ‘peak beard’, this grooming trend is set to run into 2015 and beyond.