Patrick Dempsey is 2023’s Sexiest Man Alive

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It’s a beautiful day… for Grey’s Anatomy fans.

Patrick Dempsey, known as McDreamy to many, has been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2023, late night host Jimmy Kimmel revealed on his talk show on Tuesday. The Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob and race car driver succeeded last year’s winner, actor and Captain America star Chris Evans.

“I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life,” the 57-year-old actor told People of the Sexiest Man Alive honor. “It’s nice to have the recognition and certainly my ego takes a bit of a hit, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive.”

Ahead of Tuesday night’s nail-biting reveal, Dempsey, who played Derek Shepherd on the ABC medical drama, appeared enclosed and masked in a glass case on stage next to Kimmel as audience members asked the mystery man questions to decipher his identity.

People speculated that this year’s Sexiest Man Alive could be Timothée Chalamet, Harry Styles, The Golden Bachelor and even “Taylor Swift’s boyfriend” Travis Kelce.

But Kimmel lightly narrowed it down when he hinted, “Star of one of the most popular television series of all time.” Naturally, someone guessed if he was a Game of Thrones actor, to which Kimmel gave another hint: “He played a doctor.”

Then someone asked, “Are you George Clooney?” (He played Dr. Doug Ross on ER in the ’90s and was previously named the Sexiest Man Alive.) Then someone finally got it: “Are you Dr. McDreamy? “

“Never give up on a dream,” Dempsey joked to Kimmel after the revelation, adding that his family laughed when they heard the news. “They laughed, quite loudly. They were like, ‘No, seriously, who is it?'”

Dempsey shares daughter Tallulah, 21, and 16-year-old twins Sullivan and Darby, with wife Jillian, 57. The couple met in 1994 and married in 1999.

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His family’s reaction wasn’t too far from his own. “I was completely shocked and then I started laughing” when he heard the news, he told People. “This is a joke, right? I’ve always been a bridesmaid!”

Dempsey also joked that he has bumper stickers, t-shirts and posters ready to promote his new title. “I peaked years ago,” the actor told People. “But I’m still here.”

He added: “I had completely forgotten about it and never even considered being in this position. So my ego is good.”

Still, the actor doesn’t let that get to his head.

With the “Sexiest Man Alive” title, Dempsey hopes to highlight the Dempsey Center, which he founded in honor of his late mother to support cancer patients and their loved ones. The Dempsey Center provides personalized and comprehensive cancer care at no cost, according to its website.

Chris Evans was People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2022

Dempsey’s predecessor, Evans, said the Sexiest Man Alive award was a real heart-wrenching moment for the Ghost actor.

“It’s something that when I’m older and relaxed I can look back and say, ‘I remember back then…'” Evans told People magazine in November 2022. “I’m lucky to be part of the discussion in any capacity “.

Evans said the title was also a win for his mother, who received bragging rights in addition to her son’s illustrious acting career. “My mother will be so happy,” he said. “She’s proud of everything I do, but this is something she can really brag about.”

Other famous heartthrobs who have been part of the sexiest man ‘club’ include Ant-Man star Paul Rudd, Michael B. Jordan, EGOT winner John Legend, Idris Elba and Blake Shelton.

“I’m lucky to be in the discussion”: Chris Evans has been named 2022’s Sexiest Man Alive by People

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Contributing: Annika Reed, USA TODAY

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