Why you might not recognise the world's most attractive man

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Article Date: January 17, 2006 | Publication: Daily Mail (London) | Author: KATE GINN
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HIS brooding good looks have helped him land roles in a host of Hollywood blockbusters though not, it seems, the kind of instant recognition enjoyed by many of his co-stars.

Despite his huge screen success, Gerard Butler has even joked that his name and face are barely known in his own country.

But now all that seems set to change after the Scottish actor was voted the most attractive man in the world.

Butler, 36, was picked ahead of leading men Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom while fellow Scot Ewan McGregor only managed tenth place.

The former law student, who grew up in Paisley, took the top slot after garnering 28 per cent of the vote, ahead of Alan Rickman and Sean Bean.

One surprising omission was Fifeborn Dougray Scott. Despite once being tipped as a future James Bond, he failed to make the list.

Butler gave up a law career just one week away from qualifying as a solicitor to try his luck at acting.

His movie appearances include Dracula 2000, the second Tomb Raider film alongside Angelina Jolie, Mrs Brown with Billy Connolly and even a small role as a doomed sailor in Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Last year, the 6ft 3in star took the lead role in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera in which his looks were hidden behind the famous mask.

At the time, he joked: 'I always say I've never been more successful and less recognised. It's true I can walk down most streets in this country and no one will know who I am.' Butler was also named best actor in the Bowmore Scottish Screen awards for his role in Dear Frankie, in which he pretended to be the father of a single mother's little boy.

Since then, his career has continued to take off.

He is currently filming 300, an epic drama telling the true story of the Spartans who held off a huge Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, in Greece, in 480BC. Butler plays the role of the heroic Leonidas.

But for his next role, he will be coming back closer to home to take the lead in a Pounds 5million biopic of Robert Burns.

Filming, alongside fellow Scots Brian Cox and Kathleen McDermott, is expected to begin in Ayrshire later this year.

More than 230,000 votes were cast by Hello! magazine readers in the annual online poll.

Pop star Andrea Corr, of the Irish group The Corrs, was named Most Attractive Woman beating Nicole Kidman, Madonna and Angelina Jolie. She also scooped Most Elegant Woman of 2005.

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