Who is Britain’s Favourite Celebrity?

britainWhether it’s a post on Facebook or Twitter, news websites or one of the many glossy magazines, us Brits just can’t get enough of celebrity gossip. We feel this attraction to everything they do like moths to a light, we just can’t look away!

We spend so much of our time focussing on who is dating who, when the latest series of TOWIE comes to air and what our favourite stars wore on a recent night out that we almost feel a family-like attachment to some of them!

Yes, there are plenty of “celebrities” out there who many of us have never heard of and some of the reality shows have been scraping the underside of the barrel let alone the bottom of it, in search of stars to appear in the latest series, and there are numerous people who have been given the celeb tag for doing what we perceive to be absolutely nothing (mentioning no names but we’ll call them Joey Essex!)

Whatever your opinion is on the celebrity culture in Great Britain, one thing is for certain – we’ve produced a lot of big names who have been deserving of the title for their achievements in their chosen fields. Without sport, television, music and film our lives would be very dull indeed. To find out who the nation thought was the very best British celebrity, a top bingo comparison site performed a study and it threw out some interesting results:

It’s all about the entertainers
You might think that the top of the list would be made up of sportsmen and women, perhaps the Royal family or maybe a pop star like Adelle, Ellie Goulding, Harry Styles or Ed Sheeran because of their social networking powers; but a lot of the names to come out in the 500-person poll were from the entertainment and comedy sectors.

At the very top of the list, the best British celebrity, was the comedian and television host Stephen Fry. The highly intelligent yet funny man is adored in Britain, so much so that he beat the likes of David Beckham, Simon Cowell and the nation’s sweetheart Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Also high up on the list were the likes of Bob Monkhouse, Ant & Dec, Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr, showing that we all need a good laugh and value those who can bring a smile to our faces come-what-may.

Women love a funny man, men prefer the sports stars
On a similar note, it was interesting to see how the vote varied between men and women. Stephen Fry topped the list for both genders, but while David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton moved comfortably into the top five among the men; it was Ant & Dec, David Tennant, Simon Cowell and Ed Sheeran who completed the top five for women.

Youngsters like the actors
Out of the 18-24 year-olds surveyed (68 out of 500 respondents), it was two film stars who took the top of the polls, not pop stars or footballers. Emma Watson, famous for her role as Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter series, and action film-star Gerard Butler were the top two, ahead of funny men Jimmy Carr and Michael McIntyre.