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Sir David Attenborough Has Been Named The Nation’s Dream Prime Minister

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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Sir David Attenborough Has Been Named The Nation’s Dream Prime Minister

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

We've watched him lead climate debates, summit mountains, track shrinking glaciers and - in what surely counts among the most emotional TV scenes of all time - talk to a blind baby rhino.

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So it will surprise no one that Sir David Attenborough, certified national treasure and beloved naturalist, has been named the nation's dream Prime Minister.

Just imagine that oh-so-soothing voice delivering political speeches from Westminster every day. Not to mention the wisdom Sir David would bring to environmental policies.

Get that man into number 10 pronto, we say.

The stats come from a poll of 2000 adults commissioned by Sky to launch its new action-packed political drama, COBRA.

The documentarian come top as the choice to move into Downing Street, scooping more than a fifth of the vote (Credit: SWNS)
The documentarian come top as the choice to move into Downing Street, scooping more than a fifth of the vote (Credit: SWNS)

Sky's study saw the legendary documentarian come top as the choice to move into Downing Street, scooping more than a fifth of the vote.

The documentary maker's closest rivals were screen star and voice of the Harry Potter audio books Stephen Fry, who came in second, and Richard Branson, who ranked third.

We'd certainly give the QI presenter a role in our dream political cabinet - he's got the makings of a game-changing Education Secretary.

Elsewhere on the list were Hugh Grant - who played a bum-wiggling Prime Minister in 2003's rom-com smash Love Actually - and Ant and Dec, sharing PM duties together.

One in five participants admitted they'd being more likely to vote a celebrity into office than standing politicians (Credit: PA Images)
One in five participants admitted they'd being more likely to vote a celebrity into office than standing politicians (Credit: PA Images)

England manager Gareth Southgate, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and author JK Rowling also featured in the top 25 list, along with chart-toppers Adele and Stormzy.

GBBO favourite Mary Berry beat her successor Prue Leith in the battle for PM popularity, coming in at 17 while Prue came last in 25th place.

Rather more worryingly, four in 10 respondents reckon their chosen celebs would be more trustworthy than the real-life politicians in power. Yikes.

One in five participants even admitted they'd being more likely to vote a celebrity into office than the standing politicians.

Wondering how the study has anything to do with Sky One's COBRA? Allow us to explain.

The stats come from a poll of 2000 adults commissioned by Sky to launch its new action-packed political drama, COBRA. (Credit: PA Images)
The stats come from a poll of 2000 adults commissioned by Sky to launch its new action-packed political drama, COBRA. (Credit: PA Images)

Set to air on 17th Jan, the drama follows the British government during a time of national crisis and stars Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting) as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, and Victoria Hamilton - fresh from The Crown - as his Chief of Staff, Anna Marshall.

A spokesperson for Sky said: "As we have Robert Carlyle playing the Prime Minister in our new series COBRA we thought it would be fun to find out which celebrities the public thought would be best running the country."

"As a much loved and trusted figure, it's not a surprise that David Attenborough topped the poll for PM."

Robert Carlyle will play British Prime Minister Robert Sutherland in new Sky One drama 'COBRA' (Credit: SWNS)
Robert Carlyle will play British Prime Minister Robert Sutherland in new Sky One drama 'COBRA' (Credit: SWNS)

The full top 25 celebs Brits would most like to see as PM are:

1. David Attenborough (21 per cent)

2. Stephen Fry (14 per cent)

3. Richard Branson (13 per cent)

4. Jeremy Clarkson (13 per cent)

5. Hugh Grant (9 per cent)

6. Piers Morgan (9 per cent)

7. Ant and Dec (9 per cent)

8. Jurgen Klopp (9 per cent)

9. Helen Mirren (8 per cent)

10. JK Rowling (8 per cent)

11. Ricky Gervais (7 per cent)

12. James Corden (7 per cent)

13. Emma Watson (7 per cent)

14. Gareth Southgate (7 per cent)

15. Adele (7 per cent)

16. Russell Brand (6 per cent)

17. Mary Berry (6 per cent)

18. Lenny Henry (6 per cent)

19. Robert Carlyle (6 per cent)

20. Sharon Osbourne (5 per cent)

21. Stormzy (5 per cent)

22. Alan Partridge (5 per cent)

23. Harry Styles (5 per cent)

24. Ruth Jones (5 per cent)

25. Prue Leith (5 per cent)

Topics: Life News, News, david attenborough

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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