Hey, It's Jude!

Take a peek at behind-the-scenes photos of PEOPLE's new Sexiest Man Alive, Jude Law. By Serena Kappes

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IN DEMAND

IN DEMAND
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It's a good time for Jude Law: The actor (in New York on Oct. 18) is starring in no fewer than six movies within two months, including a remake of the 1966 Michael Caine film Alfie (opening Nov. 5), about a roguish playboy who finally finds true love. The others: I Heart Huckabees, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Closer, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Aviator.

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LOVE MATCH

LOVE MATCH
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Though Law and girlfriend Sienna Miller (at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London in June), who met as costars while filming Alfie, deny engagement rumors, the relationship is "the real thing," says director Charles Shyer. During Law's recent set visit to Miller's movie Casanova, a crew member told PEOPLE: "They looked like a stamp and envelope – always stuck together."

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SHARP-DRESSED MAN

SHARP-DRESSED MAN
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Is it any wonder Law was named one of British GQ's best-dressed men in Britain in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004? A few of his stylish moments: (from left) sporting a layered look at London's Heathrow International Airport in 2003; going casual in New York City in September; and in a velvet suit at the L.A. premiere of Cold Mountain in 2003.

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DADDY TIME

DADDY TIME
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"I think it gave me a very vital and grounding ingredient to being an actor," says Law about becoming a father to Rafferty, 8, Iris, 4, and Rudy, 2 (with ex-wife Sadie Frost). "I come from a big, happy family. It was a security for me as a kid and now as a dad," adds the actor (pictured with his kids in their London neighborhood in June).

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LOST LOVE

LOST LOVE
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After six years of marriage and three children together, Law and actress-designer Frost (at her London fashion show in 2002) divorced in 2003. The couple, who met on the set of the British film Shopping in 1993, tried "hammering out stuff for a while," says Frost's father David Vaughn.

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FAMILY LAW

FAMILY LAW
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Law's retired schoolteacher parents Peter and Maggie (at the London premiere of Cold Mountain in 2003) found inspiration for their son's name in the titular hero of Thomas Hardy's Victorian novel Jude the Obscure.

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BEAUTY PROBLEMS

BEAUTY PROBLEMS
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The actor poked fun at his own good looks when he hosted Saturday Night Live on Oct. 23. "Whenever there is a role for a pretty boy, people quickly say, 'Okay, let's take Jude Law,' " he complained to Germany's InStyle in 2001. "I can really understand how women feel when they are reduced to their outward appearance."

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ACTING OUT

ACTING OUT
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At 13, Law auditioned for and won a spot in Britain's National Youth Music Theatre. The actor (in a 1989 production) "had a bit of an attitude at first," says NYMT founder Jeremy James Taylor. "(But) he was dominant in the group without being domineering. When he played the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the girls went bananas."

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JUST FRIENDS

JUST FRIENDS
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In 2003, British tabloids buzzed that Law and Nicole Kidman's steamy scenes in Cold Mountain weren't limited to the big screen. Kidman sued Britain's Daily Mail – and won – for suggesting they were having an adulterous tryst. "He's a wonderful man and a good friend of mine, but there was no affair," says Kidman (at the movie's London premiere in 2003).

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MAKING UP

MAKING UP
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Law garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as dashing American expatriate Dickie Greenleaf in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Though costar Matt Damon (on the movie's Naples, Italy, set in 1998) didn't enjoy having to look pasty-white for his character while makeup artists gave Law a bronzed glow, he says of Law, "Even I had to admit he is a handsome devil."

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THE FULL MONTY

THE FULL MONTY
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After quitting school at 18 to join the cast of the British soap opera Families, Law hit Broadway in the 1995 Jean Cocteau play Indiscretions, and bared it all for his Tony-nominated role. "Frankly, being naked in plays is far more horrifying (than in films) because those theaters are always so chilly," says Law (in New York City in 1995).

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EGO CHECK

EGO CHECK
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Law (playing a charity soccer match in London in 1999) says he's "happiest at home, hanging out with the kids." Being a father, he adds, "takes away the possibility of becoming a narcissistic ego nightmare, which I think the acting business can sometimes offer up to you."

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IN BALANCE

IN BALANCE
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"He's got all the volume controls of his spirit turned up," says pal and Ripley director Anthony Minghella of Law (posing as legendary movie star Errol Flynn in the upcoming Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator).

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