Cary Grant has beaten more modern Pretenders to the throne to be named the most stylish man ever.

The North by Northwest star was named ahead of David Beckham, Johnny Depp and Steve McQueen in a poll of 4,000 British men.

Grant, real name Archie Leach, was once told by an interviewer: "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," only to reply: "So would I."

Other celebrities named in the top ten of the poll carried out by top tie and scarf maker Peckham Rye included Sean Connery, Brad Pitt and Elvis Presley.

But according to Matt Start of Peckham Rye, Grant - who died 22 years ago - is a worthy winner.

"His film North by Northwest shows a stunning scene when he is walking along the side of a train in a light blue suit, white shirt and tie as he puts his sunglasses on," he said.

"That look, even though it was first seen back in 1959, spawned so many copycat looks and fashion wise is still an iconic movie scene."

He added that David Beckham should be pleased to have finished second while the "exceptionally cool" Depp deserved third.

The top 50 male style icons are:

1. Cary Grant
2. David Beckham
3. Johnny Depp
4. Steve McQueen
5. Sean Connery
6. Brad Pitt
7. James Dean
8. Frank Sinatra
9. Elvis Presley
10. Justin Timberlake
11. Samuel L Jackson
12. Daniel Craig
13. Mark Ronson
14. Will Smith
15. Al Pacino
16. Dean Martin
17. Orlando Bloom
18. George Clooney
19. Jude Law
20. David Bowie
21. Russell Brand
22. Jimi Hendrix
23. Mick Jagger
24. Paul Weller
25. Prince Harry
26. P-Diddy
27. Kanye West
28. Jonathan Ross
29. Pierce Brosnan
30. Cristiano Ronaldo
31. John Lennon
32. Danny Dyer
33. Vernon Kay
34. Hugh Grant
35. Thierry Henry
36. Robbie Williams
37. Pete Doherty
38. Ian Wright
39. Sammy Davis Junior
40. Adam Ant
41. Oscar Wilde
42. Michael Jackson
43. Morgan Freeman
44. Jefferson Hack
45. Liam Gallagher
46. Freddie Mercury
47. Laurence Olivier
48. Clint Eastwood
49. John Travolta
50. Eminem

09/07/2008 00:01:01