Jeremy Clarkson named ‘UK’s sexiest male’ beating Ryan Reynolds and Idris Elba

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Jeremy Clarkson has earned bragging rights after topping a poll to determine the UK’s sexiest men.

The 62-year-old Clarkson’s Farm star beat off stiff competition from the likes of Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Idris Elba to be crowned the winner in a new poll by IllicitEncounters, a dating site for extramarital affairs.

The website asked 2,000 of its female members to score a 50-strong list of this year’s most famous, culturally relevant names from 1–10, based on what Illicit Encounters calls their “affair factor”– or their sexiness.

According to them, Clarkson scored 8 out of 10 points, beating Match of the Day host Gary Lineker (7.5) to the top spot.

His surprising triumph is quite a turn-up for the books after he was axed earlier this week by ITV as host of quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, following the controversial remarks he made about the Duchess of Sussex in a newspaper column.

Jeremy Clarkson beat the likes of Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds (Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson beat the likes of Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the nation’s money guru Martin Lewis was voted fifth sexiest man in the UK in the poll.

He was followed by Dermot O’Leary and Idris Elba, who were both voted joint sixth place.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Pimlico Plumber founder Charlie Mullins make up the rest of the top 10.

Commenting on Clarkson’s overall win, IllicitEncounters spokesperson Jessica Leoni said: “With the wax jacket and tweed shirt, clearly Clarkson’s bad-boy farm vibe is working for the over 30s.

“Landing top spot in our table won’t earn him diddly squat, but I’m sure it will give him bragging rights on the farm.”

The UK’s sexiest men, according to the poll, are:

1. Jeremy Clarkson

2. Gary Lineker

3. Mike Tindall

4. Ryan Reynolds

5. Martin Lewis

6. Dermot O’Leary (joint)

7. Idris Elba (joint)

8. Volodymyr Zelenksy

9. Mikel Arteta

10. Charlie Mullins also asked 2,000 men to score a 50-strong list of women based on the same criteria to reveal a Top 10, with GMB host Susanna Reid landing the top spot with 9 out of 10 points.

Reid beat Amanda Holden to number one, while Tory MP Penny Mordaunt ranked third in the table – and former colleague Priti Patel further down in ninth place.

Susanna Reid came out top of the sexiest women poll (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Susanna Reid came out top of the sexiest women poll (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle both made the Top 10, with Kate scoring just one point higher than Megs.

The UK’s sexiest women, according to the poll:

  1. Susanna Reid

  2. Amanda Holden

  3. Penny Mordaunt

  4. Nigella Lawson

  5. Karen Brady

  6. Carrie Johnson

  7. Princess of Wales

  8. Meghan Markle

  9. Priti Patel

  10. Gabby Logan

Leoni said: “It must be said, for the women, there were less surprises [than with the men] – with TV darling Susanna Reid the obvious choice for men.

“It was a good result for the politicos, with Mordaunt and Patel both sneaking in the Top Ten – and there was little between the Princess and Duchess – so finally, that’s something for them to agree on.”