Patrick Dempsey Named by PEOPLE as Sexiest Man Alive

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Ah, the annual celebration of jawlines and charisma! PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Awards have come around once again, naming Patrick Dempsey as the winner of 2023.

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Since its inception, PEOPLE magazine has been bestowing the prestigious title upon a lucky (and undeniably attractive) individual who manages to capture hearts and turn heads. It’s not just about chiselled abs and smouldering gazes; it’s about that special something that makes the world collectively swoon.

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Matt Damon previously held the title. (Credit: Getty)

How do they choose the winner of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive?

In 2012, the editor of PEOPLE, Julie Jordan, shared some insight into how the publication chose its winners during an interview with USA Today. 

The editor explained that the general public playsa large role in the decision, with PEOPLE taking note of reactions and comments on celebrity coverage throughout the year. 

Julie also revealed that they ask female celebrities who their vote would be and “consult focus groups, which inform discussions among higher-ups in the magazine.” Editorial staff is also asked to give their input.

Dan Wakeford, the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine between 2019 and 2022 also revealed that good looks are not the only judging criteria, using the example of Michael B. Jordan who won the title in 2020 and whose activism in the Black Lives Matter movement played a large role in him being chosen.

Can you win PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive title more than once?

Yes! And it’s happened before on numerous occasions. Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp have all won the title twice. 
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George Clooney has held the title twice! (Credit: Getty)

Who was the sexiest man alive every year?

So, who are the illustrious gentlemen who have clinched the title of the Sexiest Man Alive over the years? From the early heartthrobs to the recent heart-stealers, WHO are taking a stroll down the red carpet of charm and handsomeness.

1985: Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson (Credit: Getty)

1986: Mark Harmon

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Mark Harmon (Credit: Getty)

1987: Harry Hamlin

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Harry Hamlin (Credit: Getty)

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

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John F. Kennedy Jr. (Credit: Getty)

1989: Sean Connery

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Sean Connery. (Credit: Getty)

1990: Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise. (Credit: Getty)

1991: Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze. (Credit: Getty)

1992: Nick Nolte

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Nick Nolte. (Credit: Getty)

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

People magazine changed it up in 1993 and awarded a “sexiest couple alive” rather than “sexiest man alive.”

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Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford. (Credit: Getty)

1994: Keanu Reeves

People magazine originally did not choose a “sexiest man alive” in 2004. However, the magazine awarded the honour to Keanu Reeves in 2015

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Keanu Reeves. (Credit: Getty)

1995: Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt. (Credit: Getty)

1996: Denzel Washington

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Denzel Washington. (Credit: Getty)

1997: George Clooney

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George Clooney. (Credit: Getty)

1998: Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford. (Credit: Getty)

1999: Richard Gere

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Richard Gere. (Credit: Getty)

2000: Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt. (Credit: Getty)

2001: Pierce Brosnan

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Pierce Brosnan. (Credit: Getty)

2002: Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck. (Credit: Getty)

2003: Johnny Depp 

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Johnny Depp. (Credit: Getty)

2004: Jude Law

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Jude Law. (Credit: Getty)

2005: Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey. (Credit: Getty)

2006: George Clooney

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George Clooney. (Credit: Getty)

2007: Matt Damon

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Matt Damon. (Credit: Getty)

2008: Hugh Jackman

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Hugh Jackman. (Credit: Getty)

2009: Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp. (Credit: Getty)

2010: Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds. (Credit: Getty)

2011: Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper. (Credit: Getty)

2012: Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum. (Credit: Getty)

2013: Adam Levine

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Adam Levine. (Credit: Getty)

2014: Chris Hemsworth

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Chris Hemsworth. (Credit: Getty)

2015: David Beckham

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David Beckham. (Credit: Getty)

2016: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson. (Credit: Getty)

2017: Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton. (Credit: Getty)

2018: Idris Elba

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Idris Elba. (Credit: Getty)

2019: John Legend

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John Legend. (Credit: Getty)

2020: Michael B. Jordan

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Michael B. Jordan. (Credit: Getty)

2021: Paul Rudd

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Paul Rudd. (Credit: Getty)

2022: Chris Evans

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Chris Evans. (Credit: Getty)

2023: Patrick Dempsey

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Patrick Dempsey. (Credit: Getty)

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