Rachel Weisz voted woman most men want to marry

Rachel Weisz

Sadly, her most recent film is not one most critics want to see again

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 18:26 ON Wed 6 Jan 2010

The English actress Rachel Weisz, star of The Mummy, About a Boy and The Constant Gardener, has been voted by readers of Esquire magazine the woman most men would like to marry. The same readers voted X Factor judge and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole the woman they would most like to go to bed with.

Just as readers did not let the fact that Cole is married to the Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole ruin their dreams, so the little matter of Weisz being engaged to film-maker Darren Aronofsky, and having a son with him, did not deter her fans.

Thirty-nine-year-old Weisz said she was delighted by the accolade. "Oh my God! Really? That's so funny. I'm marriable. But I'm not married!" she said. "I was getting worried that the men didn't like me any more."

The results of the poll suggest a conventional streak in the readers of Esquire: it seems they want to marry the posh girl but sleep with the girl from the other side of the tracks.

Rachel was educated at Benenden and St Paul's girls' school before going to Trinity Hall, Cambridge where she graduated with a 2:1 in English; Cheryl was brought up on a housing estate in Newcastle and was voted "most attractive girl at the MetroCentre".

On the film front, Weisz will next be seen in a new Western, Unbound Captives, in which she stars opposite teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson and X Men star Hugh Jackman.

In the meantime, she could be up for a best actress Goya - a Spanish 'Oscar' - for her role in Agora when nominations are announced on Saturday. Weisz plays the 4th century Greek philosopher Hypatia and, as reported here last year, proudly declined a body double to film a scene in which she steps naked from her bath, declaring she was "fit" enough to do the job herself.

Agora has been a box-office smash in Europe for Weisz and director Alejandro Amenabar. Sadly, the same cannot be said about Weisz's most recently released film, The Lovely Bones, in which she plays the mother of a girl who has died after being murdered by the local pervert. Few critics felt Alice Sebold's bestselling novel translated well to the big screen. · 

For further concise, balanced comment and analysis on the week's news, try The Week magazine. Subscribe today and get 6 issues completely free.