Minka Kelly has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine.

The 30-year-old actress - best known for her role as Lyla Garry in sports TV series 'Friday Night Lights - topped the list which will be revealed in the US publication's forthcoming November issue, and admitted she feels more self-confident than ever.

Discussing turning 30, she said: "It is a big one and I love it. I think it's the most exciting birthday I've ever had. I'm so excited to be a woman. Done with the 20s.

"I'm confident - confident in my skin, and I'm cool with my flaws and all that stuff. It just feels nice to be at peace with yourself. I think my 30th birthday gave me permission to have all that. The 20s were a pain in the a*s - figuring it all out. What am I doing? Where do I go?"

However, the Los Angeles-born beauty - who is currently dating football star Derek Jeter - admits her new found confidence does not mean she has any more direction in her life.

Asked what she had planned by the magazine, she said: "I don't know. And I'm glad I don't know!"