Our love for Patrick Dempsey has well and truly been rekindled thanks to Bridget Jones's baby (btw, you can read our Bridget Jones Baby review here. Clue: we loved it). In the movie, he is the perfect gent to a less-hapless-than-normal Bridget; almost cartoonish with his charm and the kind of man, we're pretty sure, doesn't actually exist in real life.
Of course, over the last couple of decades we've become used to seeing Patrick Dempsey being all kinds of swoon-worthy. From playing a modern day divorce lawyer-turned-Prince Charming in Enchanted to a besotted best friend in Made of Honour, he's got that smouldering look down. But, it's his role as Dr Derek Shepherd in cult TV series Grey's Anatomy that's earned him the McDreamy nickname and won over the hearts of millions of women, us included.
McDreamy started off as he meant to go on, with the first 30 seconds of Grey's Anatomy showing him half naked and then he seemed to only get McDreamy-ier and McDreamy-ier over the next 11 years.
Now, he's 50 and we're still just as floored by his luscious locks, charming smile and romantic one-liners. Oh, and while we're talking about Dempsey's ability to deliver a love-filled line or two, this is McDreamy's most Pinned quote on Pinterest...
Meredith: 'I can't, I can't remember our last kiss...'
McDreamy: ‘It was a Thursday morning, you were wearing that ratty little ‘Dartmouth’ T-shirt you look so good in, the one with the hole in the back of the neck. You’d just washed your hair and you smelled like some kind of… flower. I was running late for surgery. You said you were going to see me later, and you leaned to me, you put your hand on my chest and you kissed me. Soft. It was quick. Kind of like a habit. You know, like we’d do it every day for the rest of our lives. And you went back to reading the newspaper and I went to work. That was the last time we kissed.’
Be still, our beating hearts. Continue below for a whole lot of Patrick Dempsey photos, dating all the way back to 1988.