David Beckham, Gary Barlow, Harry Styles and Robbie Williams in Heat’s Sexiest Man on the Planet 2012

by Lisa McGarry

David Beckham has been crowned The Sexiest Man on the Planet 2012.

The footballing legend, dad-of-four and home-grown superhero proved he’s still got the phwoar-factor by taking the top spot in heat magazine’s inaugural 101 Hottest Hunks in the World list 2012.

heat editor Lucie Cave commented: “heat is known for showcasing the hottest celebrity men each week, but this is the first time we’ve compiled a definitive list of the sexiest men in the world. Our readers and panel of experts clearly have impeccable taste as there is genuinely no-one more deserving of the title Sexiest Man on the Planet 2012 than David Beckham. He’s got the lot – talent, style, sex appeal, charisma. Women adore him, men want to be him, and we’re absolutely thrilled that he has topped our poll.”

Over 1,000 readers took part in an online survey at www.heatworld.com. The results, from 26-101 are based upon their votes alone, while the top 25 is based upon reader votes combined with the votes of an expert panel, with each group counting for 50% of the vote.

The panel was comprised of Carole White, founder of Premier Models, and star of Channel 4 series The Model Agency; Legendary celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston; and Heat Style Editor Jo Hoare. They judged each celebrity man on criteria including talent, sex appeal, dress sense, and personality.

Two other Brits made the top ten with Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson ranked as the second hottest Brit at number six. He is closely followed by Batman actor Tom Hardy.

Hollywood star Ryan Gosling put up a strong challenge for the overall title but narrowly missed out to Becks. Gosling edged in second place ahead of fellow US actors Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper.

He may be nearing his 50th birthday, but at number eight Johnny Depp proved he’s hotter than ever, beating off competition from Zac Efron, 25, an actor almost half his age.

Strictly champion Harry Judd wasted no time in stripping off to show viewers his torso on live TV. The McFly drummer picked up a new army of female fans but narrowly missed out on a top ten position ranking at number 12, just one place behind George Clooney.

Harry’s fellow bandmate and I’m A Celebrity champ Dougie Poynter ranked at number 45 while lead singer Danny Jones appears at 77. Tom Fletcher was the only member of McFly not to feature in the list.

Unsurprisingly cheeky ladies’ man Harry Styles, is the highest ranking member of boyband One Direction. The seventeen year-old, who was reported to have been dating TV presenter

Caroline Flack, 32, took 18th position beating Hollywood icon Brad Pitt into 19. His bandmates Louis Tomlinson, 20, and Zayn Malik, 19, ranked at 47 and 51 respectively.

Following the success of his X Factor stint, Gary Barlow continues his winning streak. The newly honed and toned singer, who openly admits a long-standing battle with his weight, took 13th spot beating former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams who could only manage 39th place.

Prince Harry was the only royal to grace the list; he scraped in at number 93 just ahead of the original Brit pin-up Colin Firth who sneaked in at 95.

TOWIE and I’m A Celebrity favourite Mark Wright wins the battle of the ‘dramality’ stars. He took 29th spot, ahead of Spencer Matthews from Made In Chelsea at 36 and his former co-star Joey Essex at 86.

Pouty Douglas Booth set hearts racing and tongues wagging after his recent stint as ‘Pip’ in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. The 20 year-old ranks at number 32 while fellow period actor Dan Stevens aka ‘Cousin Matthew’ from ITV’s Downton Abbey managed a respectable 44th place.

A league of British sportsmen also put in a strong performance. Beckham lead the field in the top spot while Formula 1 driver Jenson Button comes in at 59 with England rugby star Ben Cohen at 72 and fellow McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton at 79.

The Irish won the battle of the Celts with four entries in the list – Gerald Butler is their highest representative at number 15 followed by Shame actor Michael Fassbender at 24, Jonathan Rhys Meyers at 53 and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne at 71.

Flying the flag for the Scots is former Dr Who actor David Tennant at number 60 and representing the Welsh are TV presenters Steve Jones at 42 and newly single Gethin Jones at 91.

heat’s 101 Hottest Hunks 2012: Top 25

1 David Beckham

2 Ryan Gosling

3 Ryan Reynolds

4 Bradley Cooper

5 Jake Gyllenhaal

6 Robert Pattinson

7 Tom Hardy

8 Johnny Depp

9 Hugh Jackman

10 Zac Efron

11 George Clooney

12 Harry Judd

13 Gary Barlow

14 Adam Levine

15 Gerard Butler

16 James Franco

17 Taylor Lautner

18 Harry Styles

19 Brad Pitt

20 Orlando Bloom

21 Justin Timberlake

22 Olly Murs

23 Ian Somerhalder

24 Michael Fassbender

25 Tinie Tempah