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Evangeline Lilly appears at this year's Golden Globes ceremony in January. (AP photo)

Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly has made Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list.

The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.-born performer stars as Kate Ryan on Lost, the ABC drama that is one of the most buzzed-about new shows of the season.

Lilly is the runner-up in the annual ranking, topped only by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

"These are the women whose names are on the lips of people the world over, whose careers are headed for the dizziest heights and whose looks will scorch the back off your retina," said Maxim's editor-in-chief, Ed Needham.

In the words of the official ABC website, Lilly's "combination of irresistible charm and natural talent is earning her a reputation as one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood."

A former flight attendant from a missionary family, Lilly studied international relations at the University of British Columbia.

She was reportedly approached by an agent from the house of Ford, who spotted her on the streets of Kelowna. She turned down the modeling offer, but later became an actress.

Along with Emmanuelle Vaugier, Lilly is considered by some to be one of this country's most promising young actresses.

Lilly's role on Lost is her first speaking part. The series tells the story of a group of passengers who are stranded on a magical island after a plane crash.

Singer Avril Lavigne also made the list, coming in at No. 36. In last year's poll, Shania Twain ranked 40th.

Maxim is one of the best-known lad's mags, publications devoted to young men that feature photos of scantily clad women in provocative poses.

The monthly's editors choose the Hot 100.