New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has pipped Pippa Middleton and Emma Watson at the post to be named the year's Most Desirable Woman.

In a poll carried out by over 150,000 readers of AskMen.com, the US actress was chosen in the number one spot, with Pippa’s sister, the Duchess of Cambridge also in the Top Ten.

Charlie Parrish, editor of AskMen UK, said of 31-year-old Deschanel: "She's talented, charming, successful and beautiful, someone men want to be with and women would like to befriend.

"This year, we've really seen the developing tastes of British men reflected in their votes and it's incredibly positive to discover so many cultured, contemporary choices like Zooey, Emma Watson and Lana Del Rey beating the more traditional pin-up favourites."