25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2014

From 'Broad City' babes and 'Gone Girls' to James Franco's little bro and the man channeling Christian Grey, the year's sexiest stars

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Don't feel bad if you missed her in 2014's Beyond the Lights – everyone else did too. Which is a shame, since the 31-year-old Brit shone bright as pop-star-in-peril Noni Jean, bringing unexpected depth to a role that forced her to act alongside rapper Machine Gun Kelly. That's nothing new to audiences in the U.K., who came to know her on BBC shows like Spooks and Doctor Who, and were wowed by her starring, startling turn in the film Belle. Here in the U.S., she's poised to break big in 2015 with roles in the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, the legal thriller The Whole Truth and an untitled Will Smith drama. Better learn how to pronounce her name now.

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