Patrick Dempsey, the beloved actor known for his charming role as Dr. Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd, has (finally!) been crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2023. The Grey’s Anatomy star succeeds 2022’s Sexiest Man Alive, Captain America heartthrob Chris Evans.
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This long-awaited recognition was joyfully announced during an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. With a career spanning several decades, Dempsey, 57, has captivated audiences with his performances, both as a heartthrob surgeon on television and as an enigmatic racer in his upcoming movie Ferrari.
Reflecting on the honour with People magazine, Dempsey shared his initial shock and amusement. “I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life,” Dempsey laughed. “It’s nice to have the recognition, and certainly my ego takes a little bump, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive.”
His reaction was one of pure humility and laughter, as he mused over the unexpected turn of events that placed him in this esteemed category. “I was completely shocked, and then I started laughing, like, this is a joke, right? I’ve always been the bridesmaid!”
As Dempsey prepares to grace the silver screen as Italian racing legend Piero Taruffi in Michael Mann’s Ferrari, his new title as People’s Sexiest Man Alive stands as a testament to his enduring charm and appeal.
The magazine’s issue, which celebrates the sexiest men of the year, includes other notable figures such as Pedro Pascal, Timothée Chalamet, Jamie Foxx, and musicians Usher and Lenny Kravitz.
The tradition of naming a Sexiest Man Alive has been a staple of People magazine since Mel Gibson first received the honour in 1985. It has since become an anticipated annual event, with previous recipients including notable names like Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Michael B. Jordan, John Legend, and Idris Elba, each bringing their unique charisma to the title.
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