Australian actor Chris Hemsworth named 'sexiest man alive' by People magazine

Thor star Chris Hemsworth was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in a live broadcast of the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday.

Hemsworth, 31, appeared on the show via Skype clad in a loose-fitting T-shirt with his face obscured and his voice disguised electronically.

He answered questions from the audience about his age, occupation and marital status as they tried to guess his identity.

The Australian actor gestured towards his face and thanked his parents "for putting this all together" after he was correctly identified by an audience member and his face was revealed.

Hemsworth also wryly thanked "all the other previous intelligent men, because this is based on an IQ test, not just physical appearance".

He and his Spanish model wife, Elsa Pataky, 38, thought it was "pretty funny" when People first told Hemsworth the news.

"I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her, 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now'," he told People magazine.

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The magazine has been handing out the accolade since 1985, with fellow Australian Mel Gibson being the first to be awarded the title.

Past winners have ranged in age from 27, with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1988, to 59, with Sean Connery a year later.

Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Gere have each been chosen twice. Last year's cover, rocker Adam Levine, was one of the few non-actors selected by the editors. 

Sources: Reuters, People

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