Patrick Dempsey, the 57-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star, has been named People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” for 2023, taking over from Chris Evans, who held the title last year.
In his interview with People, Dempsey expressed gratitude for the recognition and mentioned using his platform for positive causes.
He humorously commented that he had always been the runner-up to other sexiest men and is now the real deal. Dempsey is best known for his role as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, where he appeared in over 250 episodes from 2005 to 2015, with a return in 2019 before leaving the show for good.
He also starred in Disney’s Enchanted in 2007 and its 2022 sequel, Disenchanted. His upcoming project is portraying the real-life Italian Formula One driver Piero Taruffi in the film Ferrari, a biopic about Enzo Ferrari, set to release soon.
Patrick Dempsey is married to makeup artist and beauty line founder Jillian Fink, and they have three children: Talula, Sullivan, and Darby. Dempsey joked that his kids would tease him about being the “sexiest man alive,” which he welcomes.
Past recipients of the title include Michael B. Jordan, John Legend, Paul Rudd, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson, the first recipient in 1985.