Dame Helen is hottest veteran star

The 65-year-old actress caused a stir in 2008 after she was snapped showing off her svelte figure in a bikini and it seems fans are still impressed by her looks, placing her first in the Hotter Than Ever Women Over 50 survey for home shopping retailer Isme.com.

British supermodel Twiggy, 61, was a close runner-up, while former Bond girl Joanna Lumley, 65, was in third.

Shout hitmaker Lulu, 62, and Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall, 54, came in fourth and fifth position, respectively, while 53 year old Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Thompson, 52, Sophia Loren and Dame Judi Dench, both 76, also made the top 10.