Robert Pattinson is Glamour UK’s sexiest man of 2012: good pick or too sparkly?

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson has been voted World’s Sexiest Man by readers of Glamour UK for the fourth year in a row. Are you feeling it? I sort of am, and I’d be even more enthusiastic if I didn’t suspect (yes, I’m finally giving into the conspiracy theory) that he’s only reunited with Kristen Stewart (or allowed her camp to put out rumors to that effect) as a means to the end of The Twilight Saga. After all, Nikki Finke is reporting that Sparkles and KStew have officially been scheduled to publicly reunite for a series of premiere dates, and Twihards are predictably expected to “go nuts” at the very sight of Bella and Edward, together again at last.

As for myself, I’m trying to ignore the taint of these ridiculous movies and pretend that Sparkles still has a long and varied career ahead of him. The guy was just starting to gain a foothold in respectable cinema when the cheating scandal broke, which overshadowed the premieres for Cosmopolis, his most important movie to date. Ah well, Sparkles is still a hot guy, which is what this list is really all about. So who else made the top 20 (of 100) cut? Here’s the list:

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

[From Glamour UK]

Well, I can only guess why Taylor Lautner made the list. Many of you (including myself) will also be thrilled at the inclusion of Fassie, McAvoy, Bale, and RDJ. As for Joe Manganiello, I blame Magic Mike, which had to arrive with a necessary evil. Isn’t it amusing how Hiddleston beat out Hemsworth in this context? I recently watched Thor for the second time, and I’m thinking of switching to Team Loki myself.

Tom Hiddleston

Chris Hemsworth

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

Johnny Depp

Ian Somerhalder

James McAvoy

Robert Pattinson

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    YAAAAAAAAY! Hell yeah! He is the sexiest man! I wish Ian Somerhalder was on 2nd position.

  2. Jayna says:

    He seems more like a boy to me.

  3. Brown says:

    I find him unbelievably sexy, so this was a good choice IMO.

    Cumby made the list at #5!?! What is wrong with me, that man does NOTHING for me. I’ve even started watching Sherlock in the hopes that seeing him in action will put some spark in it for me. NADA. I don’t get the appeal. Whatever, different strokes and all that I guess.

  4. Eve says:

    I want Tom Hiddleston and James McAvoy. You all can have the rest.

    And where’s Cumberbatch’s picture?

  5. French says:

    My husband n° 2 :) , but how is it possible that the voters find Robert Pattinson sexier than Matt Boomer?

    • Eve says:

      I think the reason Pattinson is first is that he got a lot of “sympathy votes”.

      • French says:

        Certainly, it is the only explanation.

      • dooliloo says:

        @ Eve

        Mama our minds are in synch!!!!

        I wrote the same thing on imdb boards and other sites, it was a pity vote, because of that little brat of a girlfriend scandal. Thank you! Glad I’m NOT the only one to think so!

        Well 1 and 3 FAIL! Seriously Johnny Depp I love him I think he lost his sparkle lately… Oh well Hiddles Hiddles Hiddles… next year honey, but you are #1 in our hearts always eh <3

        See the top 3 should have been a battle between Fassbender, Hiddleston and Cumberbatch, the rest can get lost, very lost…

      • Jenny says:

        I agree with the sympathy vote explanation. I just don’t see him as attractive or sexy, just perpetualy stoned. It seems to happen if there is some kind of break up, and he is not the first person to win these types of things. The voters feel sorry for you, maybe.

        Folks who vote for Depp seem to be voting for what they think he looked like 15 years ago, not for what he looks like today. But hey, it is an individual thing and people see what they want to see I suppose.

      • Freya Magritt says:

        If it is just sympathy, then why did he win the title three times in the past? It’s more of a support than sympathy.

      • Eve says:

        @ Dooliloo:

        I can almost hear The Twilight Zone theme song in the background whenever we agree with each other.

      • dooliloo says:

        @ Freya

        Ridiculously true, like it or not. If that scandal hadn’t broke he wouldn’t have been #1. It was a sympathy vote. Now whichever sexiness was there, the success of Twilight, the upcoming chapter *and* the sympathy was its bonus. How? His public humiliation gained him new/more sympathetic fans. Even I was sort of sympathetic but not to the point to give him the boost and vote. Other people did. Fact. How is that not elementary? [[P.S though : As much as Chris Hemsworth is brilliant as Thor, he's not exactly sex appeal material nor charismatic in interviews, except in his portrayal of Thor, and perhaps the whole new daddy carrying his baby 24/7 thing hence why people like him. Don't forget that his wife is a huge turn off.]]

        To the other poster, you’re no telling me anything new here about preferences or else. Don’t like what I’m saying? fine. Not underestimating his appeal as to me is as bland as a flat soda, and frankly I highly doubt that a huge chunk of his fans they’d have gone crazy for him had he only been in Harry Potter, because “Ooooohhhh he was soooo charming..” really? Wasn’t it all about RadCliffe (God knows why)? Now came along Twilight and it was his big breakthrough. *Suddenly* he is hot.. Eh.

        Same goes for Hiddleston, I am 100% sure I would have never ever noticed him nor guessed that he was a bright and charming man hadn’t he portrayed Loki in a hugely popular Marvel franchise thus shown his qualities during the promo tour. And to be honest I was actually surprised that he reached #2.(I didn’t even vote), I sincerely thought the likes of Cavill and Fassbender would beat him flat. Now this time *HIS* army of fans I truly underestimated them on that one.

        @ Eve, yes yes Twilight Zone theme song hahaha my dear :-D

      • georgie says:

        If it is ‘sympathy votes’ which clinched the title for him this year, how do you explain him being first the last 3 years too?

        He is charismatic, talented, intelligent, humble. A deadly combination. Works for some with good taste.

      • Eve says:

        If it is ‘sympathy votes’ which clinched the title for him this year, how do you explain him being first the last 3 years too?

        Twihards voting non-stop for him (these are online polls, aren’t they?), until they got blisters on their fingertips, maybe?

    • dooliloo says:

      @ Freya
      Hello? This was during the whole Twilight mania, the films were popping every single year since 2009, he was all over our faces so makes sense. He and his twerp of a whatever girlfriend were being voted sexiest this-that-what-who-which all over the place from stupid teens awards to so called MTV movies awards to magazines etc. And this year is *because* the scandal broke. Frankly new hot actors got onto the breach ever since, Henry Cavill, Cumberbatch, Hiddleston, Fassbender etc.. But poor Rob was humiliated, now everyone wants a piece of him on a “you look so much better without her etc” matter so… it’s not so hard to put 2 and 2 together on the “awww poor Rob, what that **** did to you was horrible, you deserve much better, here you got my vote” is it? As for Johnny Depp, the rates went waayyyy up since he’s back on the market again…

      • Anname says:

        So he only wins for Twilight and pity? I think you underestimate his appeal. Just because you don’t find him attractive doesn’t mean plenty of others do. I don’t get the Gosling love, but SO many women are into him.

      • Freya Magritt says:

        That “pity thing” means nothing without sex appeal attached! Do you really think someone brushed the dislike toward him aside and voted for him due to the “cheating scandal”? Can you imagine: “Oh, sorry, Hemsworth…baby, you’re gorgeous, but my vote is for Pattinson ’cause the poor guy has been cheated on?” That’s just ridiculous!

  6. hugo says:

    In what universe is Henry Cavill not number 1?
    He is perfect physically, humble, introvert, extremely private, professional and a gentleman.
    Then you have a guy who looks as if a shovel hit him in the face who also acts extremely immature and silly in interviews and has the acting skills of a plant. That Cumberbatch snob looks like a lizard, Depp is a caricature by now, the rest is meh.
    The list is also too white.

  7. Sara says:

    The majority of this list is ugly and/or douchey.

  8. Janet says:

    Gorgeous, yes. Sexy, no. Sexy guys have substance. This guy’s a wimp.

    • Anname says:

      DISAGREE 100%. I think he has a quiet strength and grace that is very attractive. A goofy fun exterior does not mean lack of substance. I hate the obvious types regardless.

      And as someone mentioned above, how on earth is Lautner on this list??

      • Apples says:

        + 1

        People seem to have everyone in Hollywood reversed. They think the douches are nice, and the nice ones are foolish. Guess those Hollywood PR peeps really earn their $$$
        The quality guys on here -personality wise- are McAvoy and Pattinson. Hottest? I don’t know.

        I can’t understand a list of hot men that includes Depp- he’s gross.

      • Janet says:

        Pwhipped men have no appeal for me at all. Feel free to disagree.

      • Anname says:

        Janet – I find it very sexy to see someone deeply in love, in what world is that a bad thing?
        I don’t think Rob gets enough credit for his inner strength. Anyone who can navigate his past 4 yrs of insanity must be pretty well centered and have some backbone.

      • Janet says:

        Anname: The guy acts like a doormat. Either he’s really in love with her, in which case he’s nuts, or he’s just playing along with the whole sordid debacle, in which case he’s a fake. I had great respect for him when he broke up with her; I have none for him now.

      • Anname says:

        Eh, I don’t see doormat. He will not comment on his private life, period, regardless of what is being said. And this in spite of the fact that he is probably getting a lot of pressure from Summit et al to make some sort of statement. Some people think that’s a mistake, but it’s always been his way, and he is consistent if nothing else!

        No one knows if they are getting back together, I don’t think anyone will know until well after the movie promotion is done. But I think it’s a mistake to judge him based on the current “they’re back together” tabloid stories. He’s not talking, and he has been out on his own the past few weekends, so who knows what the real story is.

  9. Dref22 says:

    Ian Sommerhalder and maybe Christian Bale. That’s it. None of my interests are on that list.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Hiddleston made me think of Miss Cabbage t’other day and now I can’t unsee it

  11. Ranunculus says:

    To me it’s one of the worlds greatest mysteries, that a guy who looks like he smells like stale vinegar and seems to have a terrible grumpy attitude can be the 3rd sexiest man.
    Team RDJ all the way – sexiest badass ever!
    Strange that Chris Evans is not on that list. He gave a really great interview to Collider recently. This guy is growing on me. Has some really interesting projects coming up too. LOL @ Gosling only at 17, all the fame whoring doesn’t seem to work. Fassy’s creepy smile doesn’t turn me on.
    Wow @ Hiddles being Nr 2, but then, he is very, very talented as is Tom Hardy.

  12. whatthehell456 says:

    How how how do women find Sparkles sexy?? Sexy is more about attitude than looks, I think, and Sparkle’s attitude screams “little bitch” to me. Not sexy in the least. I want a real man, not a little girl.

  13. Johanna says:

    James McAvoy usually doesn’t do anything for me but in this picture he’s got me feeling all kinds of good feelings.

  14. rep says:

    Has no one seen The Tudors? Henry Cavill ís the finest man in showbiz.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      I could watch that series over and over just for the man candy.

      It was so porntastic, I could not believe my eyes.

      • Christina says:

        It was in the first series, but the sex scenes started to dwindle after that.

        I do think the producers made the decision not to make Johnathan Rhys Meyers appear fat and disgusting like Henry VIII really did, in the later series because they knew that a high percentage of their audience was tuning in mostly or entirely to see the hot men. It kind of messed up the character dynamics in the last 2 seasons, however, and made several storylines more difficult to understand.

      • Elodie says:

        The audiance watched the series for Henry Cavill, at least that’s what most people comment. He makes anyone who stands next to him, man or woman, look average.

      • Christina says:

        I agree. As I said in an earlier post – physically, Cavill is just about perfect, face and body. He made Johnathan Rhys Meyers look like a sulky little boy.

        Shame he can’t act his way out of a paper bag. Oh well, you can’t have it all, I suppose!

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        I’m sorry, excuse me. There was a plot line? Other actors? I didn’t notice because I was too transfixed on Cavill and on scenes of his ass during sessy times to notice that a TV series was going on.

        I only focused on the important stuff:)

        Seriously though, as a lover of History, particularly that period, I felt like it wasn’t really true to the real story at all. It really was eye candy that pandered to the HBO type side of the story, sex, intrigue, but not a true representation. It was nice to see the costuming and horses and sets-I just took it for entertainment instead of a historical re-telling.

      • Chatcat says:

        OTiff…Cavill does have a seriously nice ass! I do watch the Tudors here and there to get a “fix” in.

      • Christina says:


        In fairness, ‘The Tudors’ was a lot more historically accurate than many fictional portrayals of the period. It got slagged off because it was so silly and adolescent in a lot of ways, but actually it kept fairly close to the facts in most important respects.

        The costumes were ridiculous though – the women wouldn’t look out of place on a 21st century red carpet, and the men looked as though they’d just stepped out of a Calvin Klein ad! Then again, if they’d made them look historically accurate – beards, tights and funny hats – they’d have lost quite a bit of their female audience overnight!

  15. Micki says:

    It’s official now:I have a problem with my glands…2/3ds of the list don’t do ANYTHING for me

  16. rep says:

    Oh yeah, sparkles gives me that little girl feeling too. Not sexy at all!

  17. V says:

    He looks like he ran into a wall, also mild FAS.

    That would be a no.

  18. Freya Magritt says:

    RPattz has those sexy sparkles inside, but in 7 -10 years he will be really PERFECT!

  19. pretty says:

    Robert Pattinson has become sexy to me after Kristen Slore’s cheating!
    Like before that, I just thought Rob was just an another teen heartrob who is just pretentious and whatnot and frankly didn’t care for him at all but after the scandal, i’ve found that he really is a rare gentleman in Hollywierd.
    And he’s SO handsome :D DD

  20. pretty says:

    I can’t believe Paul Wesley(Stefan from vamp diaries) beat Ian in that list..
    Don’t most girls watching that show love Ian/Damon more than paul/stefan?
    Like Ian’s followers on tiwtter are just insane.. But I think Paul is hotter than Ian. ha ha And I prefer stefan over damon any time…

  21. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    Johnny Depp
    Christian Bale
    Cillian Murphy are the only ones I care for…you can have your cumbys and batches and benders, I don’t give a damn!
    But don’t you dare try to kill my crushes on these men by comparing them to such ugly douchebags like John Mayer or tell me they smell like old onions or have really violent tendencies or look like Malachi from children of the corn (even though that one turns me on, i’m still suppressing it!)….I don’t want to hear it!
    I don’t call you cumbenders names!

    I wish someone would tell that vampire dude to stop smirking, it’s not attractive, it’s not even creepy-attractive, it’s plain ugly and makes him look like a douche. He does have lovely eyes though and such long dark lovely eyelashes…I wonder if he curls them…

  22. Fashion Spy says:

    Really? He’s so gross… I can’t believe he beat Ryan Gosling, ugh

  23. TheOriginalKitten says:

    To point out the obvious: this is the whitest list ever.
    Where’s the chocolate? :(

  24. Cait says:

    This list is ridiculous. Taylor freakin’ Lautner and the dude from Glee over Askars???

  25. geekychick says:

    Sparkles IS sexy to me, but what’s sexy to me (charming, great sense of humor, cute, lean muscles-I hate the six packs and so on) is usually not on the top of the list of sexy-traits-so I’m happy with the choice.
    BUT I don’t understand how Fassy ain’t the first choice. He’s universally sexy, I think.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      See, objectively, I think Patz is a handsome guy but he lacks sexiness to me. He’s the kind of guy that I would want to be friends with, just not a bone-buddy.

      Fassy is amazing but so many ladies seem to dislike his teeth :(
      I wonder if his shark teeth is what kept him from the #1 spot.

      • Anname says:

        Those domestic abuse allegations dampen my enthusiasm for him. And wasn’t he the one who was terribly rude to a waitress during some interview?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ths story about the waiter was RIDICULOUS. Did you read it? Sorry, I’m the type of girl that tips people in the service industry 30-40% because I know how hard it is, but even *I* would have been pissed if I were Fassy. I waited tables for many years-there are certain things you just DON’T do.

        The domestic abuse incident is his one scarlet letter, more like a scarlet lower-case vowel really.

        Listen, I get exhausted defending him and I have a major fear of even appearing to seem like I’m excusing abuse in any way, shape, form. I’m not.
        But the fact is that there was no proof-it was her word against his and she dropped the charges. Didn’t mean that it didn’t happen, it just means that I’m not going to convict the guy based on heresay you know?
        However, IF he gets accused of abuse again, then he and I will officially be over ;)

      • Anname says:

        Both of these stories may be completely false, but I guess I am not interested in him enough to seek out any further information. I admire him as an actor though – I suppose that’s more important than sexy-man-polls anyway!

      • geekychick says:

        Ahhh, yeah, the teeth. They make Fassy more sexy to me- in a “he’s real, not HW product” kind of man. ;)

      • geekychick says:

        I prompt all of the people who start with the “domestic abus accusations” to read on that story. It’s one thing to judge and shun Charlie Sheen for his charges, but in Fassbender case, I’d strongly suggest to inform yourself before you label someone as violent abuser.

    • Diana says:

      @geekychick I so agree with you on the sexy traits, altough not so much about Fassbender, I just don’t find him all that. Robert on the other hand, HOT!

  26. lucy2 says:

    Sparkles seems like a nice enough guy (with bad taste in women) and I can see the Twilight crowd liking him, but I don’t find him at all sexy.
    Only about half that list is actually appealing to me. Maybe not even half!

  27. My Darling Pinkett says:

    Tom Hiddleston! :D :D :D I love him! I don’t find Ian Somerhalder or Robert Pattinson attractive, but eh, to each their own.

  28. mia girl says:

    I think this list has a little somethin somethin for everyone… It is kinda random, but we can all pick a couple that get us going.

    I tend to favor looks + personality, sense of humor and slightly self-effacing.
    So, Rob Pattinson works for me.
    Also love love love McAvoy!

    But in addition to some of the other names that have been suggested, I’d add Timothy Olyphant.

  29. pinchofsalt says:

    Tom Hiddleston. No interest in Sparkles, don’t get why he’s ‘sexy’?

  30. Madrid says:

    j depp and t lautner have no merit. I Would love to get some jeremy renner instead

  31. Mary says:

    He really is a hot guy. Seen him in person a couple of times in close proximity. So much pretty there and genuinely nice. Very well mannered and polite. I guess that makes you all the more sexy. Manners is so underrated , it is everything, you know. He seemed to be out a lot these days. I guess, no

  32. shaboo says:

    sparkles doesn’t seem to be that popular here. But that top photo just reminds me how perfect his jaw is. I’ve been finding him really sexy recently and it’s not pity either.

  33. chris says:

    Pattinson seems like a nice guy, but I lost a lot of respect for him after he went back to that whiney, mopey faced cheater. While I found him nice if not boring, Stewart is annoying as all hell Never found them attractive either. Don’t worry Twihards, I’ll show myself out. *backs away slowly*

    Hiddleston, McAvoy, Fassbender, Cumberbatch, Hemsworth and RDJ GOT it. Super hot and super talented. That should be your top 6 right there.

  34. Diana says:

    Damn straight, he won again! He IS super hot, so why not? and J McAvoy, hot stuff, I tell you, hot stuff.

  35. Angered says:

    Why isn’t there a picture of Robert Downey Jr. Sad face for that

  36. shabbo says:

    I’ve got a little soft spot for Hiddleston too. He”s not amazing looking but hes just so likeable

  37. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Wow, that is one bizarre list. It just shows that beauty really IS in the eye of the beholder doesn’t it. Fassy should have been number 1 :) . But Sparkles isn’t too shabby, and at least it wasn’t Bradley Cooper or some other dumb sh*t!

    Tom Hiddleston’s eyes are too close together and they don’t work with the rest of his face (unlike say Ryan Goslings eyes, which although are close together as well, they somehow still work with the rest of his features).

  38. Grace says:

    Nope. Not when Tom Hiddleston lives and breathes.

  39. aquarius64 says:

    I am looking at all the comments here and I noticed the WTF vibe on Taylor Lautner being on the list. He’s good looking IMO, but he doesn’t have that mature swagger. He gives off an appeal that is sweet to teen and tween girls, not to older females. His dating history reflects that too. Is that how some of you feel?

    • Anname says:

      There is a lack of personality in Taylor Lautner. His interviews are studio manufactured, he just parrots back whatever the media training instructed him. Maybe he will grow into himself but right now I find him completely uninteresting. He isn’t a great actor, he doesn’t have a compelling personality, and he isn’t the hottest guy around, so how does he get to #7? The other men on the list have something interesting about them – even if I am not attracted to a particular man, I can understand why someone else would be. With Taylor, I don’t see it.

      And lord help him with the Twilight promotion coming up – he is not going to win any fans having to talk about his horrible “imprinting on a baby” storyline!

      • kingkayski says:

        I wouldn’t worry too much about Taylor being no.2,he will get lost into oblivion once twilight is over.But Rpattz,he deserved to be in no.1,i think,not only he’s hot physically,the man is a gentleman,you never hear him bad mouth anybody or abused anybody in any matter and he put a high value in his privacy,which makes his personal life more interesting.I think if he start doing action movies,he might actually elate himself to be the likes of Clint Eastwood,one can only hope.

  40. Mrs. O says:

    Thank you for posting the picture of Chris Hemsworth’s giant sexy arms around a teeny baby. Instant day brightener.

  41. Emma says:

    Rob Pattinson is number 1. Chris Hemsworth is number 2.

  42. savedbykittylitter says:

    Too sparkly!, I want James McAvoy Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill yumm, maybe Johnny too but I can’t with his styling hmm I don’t know… you can have the others, Tom Hiddleston doesn’t do it for me, lately I don’t find Fassy attractive I think I’ve lost the fassy fever :/

  43. dee says:

    I’m so glad James McAvoy is included. He’s so much better than most of them.

  44. Malady says:

    Wow, so many hot brits. love numbers 4 + 10. but me favorite is danny on 16 – saw him in person and he is absolutely gorgeous.

  45. Maria_Spain says:

    Pattison : WHY????????? gosh he is not sexy at all :@

    nº1: RDJ

    nº2: Team loky :p

  46. Sarah says:

    Eagerly awaiting the day when Tom Wlaschiha makes the list. *sigh* I can dream.

  47. Chelley says:

    I never thought Rob was attractive during his Twilight (the first movie) days because his hair looked greasy and unkempt, but nowadays he looks more polished and I like that. I don’t know if I would put him at number one but I can’t say he’s not top 10 material.