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Wednesday, 31 May, 2000, 07:57 GMT 08:57 UK
Robbie's the one - again
Robbie Williams
Williams beat the likes of Brad Pitt and Jude Law
Pop superstar Robbie Williams has been voted the world's sexiest man for the second year running.

The 26-year-old heart-throb held off the challenge of Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt in the poll by Company magazine.

Sexiest top 10
Robbie Williams
Brad Pitt
Michael Greco
Jude Law
Jamie Oliver
Kelly Jones
Ricky Martin
Jay Brown
George Clooney
Ben Affleck

Williams, who challenged rival Liam Gallagher of Oasis to a fight at this year's Brit Awards, proved he is still a big hit with the fans by winning two gongs for his number one UK single She's The One.

EastEnders star Michael Greco, who plays Beppe Di Marco in the BBC soap, was a new entry at number three in the annual list.

He surprisingly got the nod ahead of fellow-actor and man-of-the-moment Jude Law, who had to be content with fourth place.

Michael Greco
EastEnder Greco makes the top three

Another newcomer in this year's poll included Naked Chef Jamie Oliver at number five - proving perhaps that the way to a woman's heart, like a man's, is through her stomach.

Oliver was the only entry in the top 10 who was not an actor or a pop star - although he hopes to taste success shortly with his band Scarlet Division.

British talent

The magazine compiled the list from the votes of 5,000 readers, but it was not good news for everyone.

Prime Minister Tony Blair will have to content himself with looking after his new baby after dropping out of this year's top 100 and it was also goodbye to actor Jack Nicholson and The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

The flag was kept flying Edward's nephew by Prince William, who jumped 10 places to number 12 - the highest placing ever for a member of the Royal Family.

Star cook Jamie Oliver
Star cook Oliver went down well with magazine readers

Sean Connery, 69, struck a blow for the more mature man, weighing at number 22 - ahead of Leonardo Di Caprio.

England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham surprisingly failed to make the top 10, but all in all it was a good result for the Brits.

Company editor Sam Baker said: "You can say what you like about British men, but with four out of the top five being Brits, Company readers obviously think we've got more than our fair share of talent right here at home."

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