Keira Knightley has cemented her rise to Hollywood fame by beating off stiff competition to be voted the ultimate 'Girl Power' star by a leading British movie magazine.

The BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star triumphed over second place star SCARLETT JOHANSSON and OSCAR-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was placed third in the survey by FILM REVIEW.

The magazine explains Knightley will become "an enduring A-list leading lady in the cut-throat world of 20th century Hollywood".

They add, "Her performance in Bend It not only gained her acclaim, but got her the title of Sexiest Beanpole Tomboy On The Planet."

The full top ten is as follows.

1: KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

2: Scarlett Johansson

3: KEISHA CASTLE-KNIGHTLEY

4: Chloe Sevigny

5: Naomi Watts

6: Julia Stiles

7: Kate Beckinsale

8: Sophia Myles

9: Maggie Gyllenhaal

10: Rachel Weisz.

17/03/2004 13:52