Surprise celeb nabs Sexiest Woman Alive title

You may never have heard of her, but according to Esquire, she's the sexiest woman on the planet.

Katrina Bowden who stars on US TV show '30 Rock' topped the magazine's annual poll and was crowned Sexiest Woman Alive 2011 by Esquire readers.

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Bowden plays 'Cerie' in the breakout comedy starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. The blonde starlet beat out some stiff competition for the title, surpassing 2010 winner Brooklyn Decker, Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian to claim the spot.

Receiving an unexpected two million online votes, Katrina told Esquire: "I voted for myself!" The newly crowned beauty also created an acceptance speech video which was posted online, and shows the scantily clad actress posing in various seductive shots and offering some words of wisdom about her big win. 

"I was up against Kim Kardashian. And then - let's put it this way, if you say my name and then say Megan Fox's name, most people know who she is but, well, a small per cent will know who I am. I think a lot of the fans of '30 Rock' kind of went crazy with it."

Before becoming '30 Rock's favourite airhead, Bowden appeared in music videos for pop-punk bands Fall Out Boy and We Are Scientists.

The 22-year-old star started her acting career with a guest spot on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' in 2006 and a reoccurring role on daytime US drama 'One Life to Live'. 

Shortly after joining the cast, she was offered the role in ‘30 Rock' as clueless assistant to Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon.

The reason for her unpredicted win could be that her physical attractiveness is a running gag on the show. Cerie is the skimpily dressed intern whose racy outfits cause a stir with her male co-workers.

Since her win, online searches for Katrina Bowden surged 500%.

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