Hollywood stunner Keira Knightley has beaten movie legends Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to the title of sexiest film star of all time.

Readers of Britain's EMPIRE magazine voted the 19-year-old BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star into first place, followed by Tomb Raider beauty Angelina Jolie, Lord Of The Rings hunk Orlando Bloom and CATWOMAN actress Halle Berry.

Sexy celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Basinger, Mel Gibson, Sharon Stone and Sandra Bullock topped the magazine's poll in previous years, but have no mention in this year's (04) list.

Empire editor COLIN KENNEDY says, "This list says 'hello' to a new breed of heart-throb. While there is still a fair smattering of traditional beefcakes and bombshells, the geeky hold equally as much allure as the statuesque."

The Top Ten Sexiest Movie stars are:

1: KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

2: ANGELINA JOLIE

3: ORLANDO BLOOM

4: HALLE BERRY

5: Johnny Depp

6: MARILYN MONROE

7: Jennifer Connelly

8: Hugh Jackman

9: Scarlett Johansson

10: Uma Thurman

30/09/2004 09:24