Patrick Dempsey Named ‘People’ Magazine’s 2023 Sexiest Man Alive

Sexiest Man Alive

Patrick Dempsey — seen here in 2019 — says he was "completely shocked" to learn People had named him this year's Sexiest Man Alive. Photo: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images for Tag Heuer

Patrick Dempsey has been named this year’s People‘s Sexiest Man Alive.

Dempsey, 57, best known for starring in Grey’s Anatomy as Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, was unveiled as the cover star of People‘s most recent Sexiest Man Alive issue.

“I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life,” Dempsey told People in the cover story. “It’s nice to have the recognition, and certainly my ego takes a little bump, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive.”

When discussing what went through his mind when he heard the news, Dempsey revealed that he thought he was being pranked.

“I was completely shocked, and then I started laughing, like, this is a joke, right? I’ve always been the bridesmaid!” he shared with a laugh. “I’d completely forgotten about it and never even contemplated being in this position. So my ego is good.”

Dempsey, who shares three children — Talula, 21, and twins Sullivan and Darby, 16, with his wife Jillian Fink — also predicted how his kids would react to the news.

“I haven’t told the kids or anybody,” he admitted. “I think they’ll pick on me, which is good. They keep me young.”

He jokingly added, “I think everybody is going to give me a hard time, which they should.”

The actor-turned-racing driver will next appear in Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic Ferrari, playing Italian driver Piero Taruffi.

“I’d been following the movie for years, so I called Michael and said, ‘I want to discuss being a part of this,'” Dempsey remembered. “That taught me if you really want something, you have to do it yourself.”