Dame Helen Mirren beats Cheryl Cole, Pippa Middleton and Jennifer Lopez and wins Body of the Year 2011

It was an unlikely result, however it has today been revealed that legendary actress Dame Helen Mirren has been voted the Body of the Year, beating stars such as Pippa Middleton to the accolade.

The 66 year old ‘Calendar Girls’ actress received 17.65% of votes in the poll, placing her just ahead of Britain and Ireland’s Top Model judge Elle Macpherson at 10%, model Kelly Brook who finished in third place, former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole in fourth and American Idol star Jennifer Lopez who came in fifth place.

Royal bridesmaid Pippa Middleton made it to eighth place but there was no place for her sister Kate.

Researchers polled 2,000 people for the survey, which was commissioned by the LA Fitness gym chain.

Its marketing director, Tony Orme, said: “Helen Mirren’s victory in our Best Body poll illustrates how, when it comes to body maintenance and well-being, age really is nothing but a number.

“It’s great to see the public celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, and proving that you really can look fabulous over 40 and 50.

“LA Fitness’ summer fitness campaign is all about championing people to get the body they desire and to be happy in their own skin, and the results prove it’s never too late to start getting in shape.”

In the male version of the same poll, David Beckham topped the results, with X Factor judge Simon Cowell trailing behind in tenth place.

Do you agree with the results? Is Helen hotter than Cheryl, J-Lo and Kelly Brook? Leave your comments below.

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