Robert Pattinson has been beaten to the title of sexiest screen vampire in a new poll released today. David Boreanaz, who plays Angel in the Buffy and Angel series topped the poll (12 per cent), with Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire (11 per cent) coming in second, followed by Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series in third (10 per cent). The results may come as a surprise as vampire-mania sweeps across the UK with the recent launch of Twilight Eclipse.

The research, a YouGov survey of 1,173 women across the UK commissioned by Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign, also shows that you don’t have to be tanned to be sexy. Less than one percent of the women surveyed chose ‘sun tanned skin’ as the sexiest feature in a man, turning typical attitudes about what makes someone sexy upside down.

Since the 1920s, having a tan has been seen as sexy and desirable. But these results show pale and interesting is making a comeback. In fact, almost nine out of ten people surveyed (89 per cent) agreed that you do not have to be tanned to be sexy. When quizzed, less than one percent of the women said they thought suntanned skin was the sexiest feature in a man. More than a third (37 per cent) selected nice eyes, followed by 28 per cent selecting a nice smile. A cheeky five per cent selected a pert bum as the sexiest feature in men.

Caroline Cerny, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart manager said: “Vampire-mania has definitely hit the UK, and the stars are helping to bust the myth that you have to be tanned to be sexy. Cool skin has never been hotter!

“Unlike vampires, we all need a bit of sun to help keep us healthy, but the key is to know how to enjoy it safely. It’s easy to end up with sunburn in an attempt to be tanned. Sunburn is a sign that skin has been damaged by overexposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds, and increases the risk of skin cancer.

“Get to know your skin and how it normally reacts in the sun. This will help you to work out what you need to do to make sure you don’t get sunburnt.”

Anyone can develop skin cancer but some people have a higher risk including those with fair skin, lots of moles or freckles, a history of sunburn or a family history of skin cancer.

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All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,159 adults of which 1173 were females. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th June – 1st July 2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Vampire results:

  • David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer/ Angel – 12%
  • Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire – 11%
  • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight – 10%
  • Kiefer Sutherland as David in The Lost Boys – 5%
  • Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with a Vampire – 3%
  • Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Dracula – 3%
  • Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries – 2%
  • Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton in True Blood – 2%
  • Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood – 2%
  • Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost in Blade – 1%
  • None of these – 17%
  • Don’t know – 31%

About SunSmart

  • It is the eighth year of the SunSmart campaign, commissioned by the UK’s Department of Health, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of sun protection and early detection against skin cancer.
  • Report mole changes or unusual skin growths promptly to your doctor