||The "Land Of Our Fathers" is rapidly earning a reputation as the land of heart-throbs, with some of Britain's hunkiest leading men being proud Welshmen. These include "Mr Fantastic" himself, the enormously popular Ioan Gruffudd. Originally hailing from Cardiff, the chisel-jawed Hornblower star looks set to break into the big time this summer after landing the lead role in The Fantastic Four.
Ioan isn't the only comic book hero to have emerged from the hills and valleys of Wales. Gotham City may be famous as the home of Batman, but Christian Bale, who is about to make his debut as the masked wonder, was born in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. Critically acclaimed performances in films such as The Machinist and American Psycho, have resulted in the handsome 31-year-old being considered one of Hollywood's hottest properties.
Welshmen are also making their mark on the sporting world, thanks in part to
Charlotte Church's "metrosexual" boyfriend Gavin Henson. The good-looking
athlete - who has been dubbed "the David Beckham of rugby" - has been setting
hearts aflutter with his funky hairstyles, glowing tan skin and trendy wardrobe.