VAN HELSING star Hugh Jackman has been voted the sexiest man of the summer (04) - beating out competition from movie hunks Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt.

American magazine PEOPLE awarded the Australian star, 35, the title of the summer's sexiest man following his sizzling performances in X-Men 2 and Swordfish.

British actor Bloom, 27, was voted second after his star turn as LEGOLAS in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and his Troy co-star BRAD PITT came in third place.

THE TOP TEN SEXIEST MEN OF THE SUMMER are:

1. HUGH JACKMAN

2. ORLANDO BLOOM

3. BRAD PITT

4. Jake Gyllenhaal

5. LL Cool J

6. Vin Diesel

7. Luke Wilson

8. Vince Vaughn

9. Tobey Maguire

10. James Franco

09/05/2004 10:26