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Clooney named 'sexiest man alive'
George Clooney
Clooney, 45, won an Oscar earlier this year
Oscar winner George Clooney has been named the "sexiest man alive" by US magazine People.

Clooney, 45, beat a host of Hollywood rivals including Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Patrick Dempsey, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, came second, with fellow actor Ashton Kutcher third.

It is the second time Clooney has won the award - the first was in 1997. The actor joked that fellow two-time winner Brad Pitt "was going to be upset".

The pair, who are friends, recently completed shooting film sequel Ocean's Thirteen.

1. George Clooney
2. Patrick Dempsey
3. Ashton Kutcher
4. Taye Diggs
5. Johnny Depp
6. Josh Duhamel
7. Enrique Murciano
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
9. John Krasinski
10. Jake Gyllenhaal
Source: People Magazine

Clooney won the best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a CIA agent in Syriana earlier this year.

"His big movies came out at the end of last year, he has been active in the campaign to help people in Darfur, obviously he's great looking," People magazine's Cynthia Sanz, a member of the selection panel, told Reuters.

"We just thought he was the total package this year."

"It's a little more fun when the sexiest man alive is available," she added, referring to the actor's single status.

Others in the top 10 included Jake Gyllenhaal and Without A Trace star Enrique Murciano.

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