Russell Howard: I am king of the mingers!

The comedian came top in a poll of 'weird crushes'

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Comedian Russell Howard has been awarded the dubious honour of being named the nation's top "weird crush".

Readers of Heat magazine ranked the BBC3 star - and Mock The Week panellist - as top choice in the poll to find the most unconventionally sexy male star.

Last year's winner, Richard Osman from BBC1's Pointless, made it to number three in the 2013 list.

Howard, 32, had finished third on two previous occasions.

He said: "Thanks, I think, to the people who voted for me. Finally, I am king of the mingers."

Fellow comic Jon Richardson was runner-up in the annual poll. Other previous winners have included magician Derren Brown and Ricky Gervais's sidekick Karl Pilkington.

Heat editor Lucie Cave said: "Although Russell Howard has been hanging around in the weird crush chart for several years, this year his fans decided it was his turn for the top spot.

"Proof that, on Valentine's Day, there's love out there for everyone."

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch retains his position at number four, while Dr Who star Matt Smith jumps one place up to five.

Simon Cowell makes was ranked number 21.

Heat's top 10 weird crushes for 2013 (with last year's position in brackets):

1 (3) Russell Howard

2 (-) Jon Richardson

3 (1) Richard Osman

4 (4) Benedict Cumberbatch

5 (6) Matt Smith

6 (11) Francis Boulle

7 (-) Adam Richman

8 (-) Alexander Armstrong

9 (2) Alan Rickman

10 (-) Ed Sheeran