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Fassbender flies the flag for Ireland as our hunks named sexiest in world

THREE of our finest exports have made it onto a coveted sexiest man list, cementing what Irish women have long known -- our men folk are blessed with good looks and charm.

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender (35), who grew up in Kerry, is flying the flag for Irish men by taking fourth place in a poll to find the world's sexiest men.

The Prometheus star, who is of Irish-German origin, climbed an impressive 27 places from his 2011 ranking where he only managed to grab the number 33 slot.

Over 40,000 people voted in Glamour magazine's 50 sexiest men of 2012 poll and it wasn't just Fassbender's good looks that caught the eye.

Another Irish star, this time singer Danny O'Donoghue (31) from The Script, made it onto the list for the first time by taking the number 16 slot.

One Direction's Niall Horan (19), who hails from Mullingar, also found his way onto the list and is occupying the number 34 ranking.

But there was bad news for other Irish hunks Colin Farrell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with neither managing to crack the top end of the list.


Twilight star Robert Pattinson has maintained his place as the world's sexiest man -- despite being publicly humiliated over Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal.

The British star (26) who is said to be rekindling his relationship with Twilight co-star Kristen (22) following her admission that she had an affair with her Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, has won the accolade for the fourth year running.

Fellow British actor and Avengers Assemble star Tom Hiddleston is second in Glamour's list of 50 sexiest men, followed by heartthrob Johnny Depp.

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in fifth place, up from 33 last year.

The top 10 is completed by Robert Downey Jr, Twilight star Taylor Lautner, The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley, Scottish star James McAvoy and Immortals actor Henry Cavill.


One Direction's Harry Styles is at 21 followed by his bandmates Zayn Malik (27), Louis Tomlinson (48) and Liam Payne (77).

The top 50 also includes David Tennant (39), Colin Firth (41), Doctor Who star Matt Smith (42), David Beckham (46), and pop singer Justin Bieber, who slips two places from last year to 49.

Over 40,000 people voted in Glamour magazine's 50 sexiest men of 2012 poll.

The top 20 of Glamour's 50 Sexiest Men for 2012 are:

1. Robert Pattinson; 2. Tom Hiddleston; 3. Johnny Depp; 4. Michael Fassbender; 5. Benedict Cumberbatch; 6. Robert Downey Jr; 7. Taylor Lautner; 8. Paul Wesley; 9. James McAvoy; 10. Henry Cavill; 11. Cory Monteith; 12. Ian Somerhalder; 13. Ed Westwick; 14. Alexander Skarsgard; 15. Joe Manganiello; 16. Danny O'Donoghue; 17. Ryan Gosling; 18. Christian Bale; 19. Chris Hemsworth; 20. Tom Hardy.