Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Howard voted 'king of the mingers'

Russell Howard is grateful to have been voted 'king of the mingers'

Comedian Russell Howard has been awarded the dubious honour of being named the nation's top "weird crush".

Readers of Heat magazine ranked the BBC3 star - and former Mock The Week panellist - as top choice in the poll to find the most unconventionally sexy male star.

Last year's winner, Richard Osman from BBC One's Pointless, made it to number three in the 2013 list.

Russell, 32, had finished third on two previous occasions.

He said: "Thanks, I think, to the people who voted for me. Finally, I am king of the mingers."

Fellow comic Jon Richardson was runner-up in the annual poll. Other previous winners have included magician Derren Brown and Ricky Gervais's sidekick Karl Pilkington.

Heat editor Lucie Cave said: "Although Russell Howard has been hanging around in the weird crush chart for several years, this year his fans decided it was his turn for the top spot.

"Proof that, on Valentine's Day, there's love out there for everyone."

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch retains his position at number four, while Dr Who star Matt Smith jumps up one place to five.

Simon Cowell was ranked at number 21.

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