Matt Damon has been named the 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People magazine.

'The Bourne Ultimatum' star takes over the accolade from last year's recipient, George Clooney.

In a statement, the magazine said: "George Clooney and Brad Pitt have shamelessly campaigned for him since 2001, but all it takes is one look at Damon's piercing blue eyes, crooked smile and family-guy demeanour to understand why he has been chosen."

In a letter to People magazine accepting the award, 37-year-old Damon joked: "You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime. My 9-year-old stepdaughter now thinks I'm cool - well, cooler."

He continued: "At the risk of being forward, if you asked me (which you didn't) I would suggest [New England] Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for this award. He's like a taller, better-looking version of me anyway. Plus, he's the best quarterback in the history of football."

Also on People's list of sexy men this year were: Ben Affleck, Patrick Dempsey, Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake.