It seems British television is much more likely to feature people and characters on television shows that do not meet the conventional notions of what’s commonly considered ‘attractive.’ Take for instance a show like ‘Doc Martin.’ Caroline Catz and Joe Absolom would be standard attractive fare for American television but doofy-looking Martin Clunes or downright unattractive Ian McNeice would almost never appear on American television in anything but a bit part and here they are major characters. Same thing with ‘New Tricks’ (e.g. Alun Armstrong).
I don’t actually find this type of casting objectionable and it seems a more realistic representation of how the general population appears.
It can’t be just me that’s noticed this?