With his chiselled features and piercing eyes, Ryan Gosling has the combination of good looks and hard muscles that makes us Janes swoon, and our Joes go slightly prickly and all “I don’t think he’s actually that good looking”.

Ryan Gosling: He Drives Us Crazy

But isn’t that the point? Just the right side of pretty-boy, a bit rough around the edges, the Gos gives the impression he’d be just as up for getting hot and sweaty at a gig, or laughing with your mates in a bar, as whisking you off for a romantic, candlelit dinner.

Born in Canada, Ryan kicked off his media career at the Mickey Mouse Club, and since then has been making his mark as an actor, musician and director (he’s currently working on his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster in Detroit). Since 2011 in particular we’ve had the pleasure of seeing him in a slew of mainstream movies – from die-hard romantic lead in The Notebook in to hardened LA wheelman in fast-paced thriller Drive. If you haven’t seen them yet, we recommend you grab the DVDs for some summer viewing.

More recently we’ve been delighted to see him making an appearance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where audiences have been viewing ultraviolent flick Only God Forgives – the second film Ryan has done with Drive director Nichols Winding Refn. Although the film has apparently received mixed reviews at Cannes, we’re pretty certain this won’t deter us from going to watch it once it’s released! In the meantime, here’s plenty of Ryan for you to feast your eyes on.


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