Ashton Kutcher says he is less sexy with a beard.

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The Punk’d star was being quizzed about his appearance in People magazine’s 100 sexiest list by US TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

When Ellen showed the audience Ashton’s picture in the magazine, the actor joked: “That’s a pre-beard photo. When I start to grow my beard I get notches off being judged beautiful.”

Ashton said he and Grey’s Anatomy’ hunk Patrick Dempsey are now battling to be crowned the Sexiest Man Alive.

Ashton said: “Once you’re beautiful, you can sort of lean into sexy. I met Patrick in London. I’m trying to sabotage his chances of the title.”

Ashton also revealed his wife, actress Demi Moore, considers him “her sexiest man alive”.