Ed Miliband has gone on holiday and allowed his facial follicles to go it alone, to embrace their natural need to sprout the kind of bristley hairs more akin to a sixth form common room. Free of the burden of a political run for power, they're popping out left right and centre and screaming 'Look at us! We live, and we prosper'.
Which might not seem like much of a story but, quite frankly, we didn't realise Ed had it in him. That said, as facial fuzz goes it's probably slightly lacking. Here are 11 other manly men that did the 'surprise' beard slightly better.