Sir David Attenborough is the nation’s dream Prime Minister – who would you choose?

Sir David Attenborough is the nation’s dream Prime Minister – who would you choose?
Sir David Attenborough is the nation’s dream Prime Minister – who would you choose?

Sir David Attenborough has been named the nation’s dream Prime Minister.

A poll of 2,000 adults has revealed who they would really like to see running the country. The popular naturalist beat close rivals Stephen Fry and Richard Branson to be named the person who should have moved into 10 Downing Street.

Attenborough’s calming tones, love for the environment and popularity with people of all ages saw him win more than a fifth of the vote.

Ant and Dec – doing the job together – also featured in the top 25 list, along with JK Rowling, Adele and Stormzy.

Celebrities ‘more trustworthy’ than politicians

The study, commissioned by Sky to launch its new action-packed political drama, COBRA, revealed England football manager Gareth Southgate and actress Helen Mirren among the top choices.

Jeremy Clarkson came fourth in the poll, followed by Hugh Grant, who played a popular Prime Minister in 2003 classic Love Actually.

Piers Morgan, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Harry Potter star Emma Watson were also among the popular candidates for the top job.

But Mary Berry won the battle of the Great British Bake Off, with the former judge of the TV show coming in above her successor Prue Leith.

The study also found nearly half of the population reckon they themselves could do better jobs in Government than those currently holding the roles.

Robert Carlyle as the Prime Minister in COBRA (Photo: Sky Atlantic)

And four in 10 think their chosen celebrities would be more trustworthy than the real-life politicians in power.

One in five of those polled, via OnePoll, even admitted to being more likely to vote a celebrity into office during an election than the standing politicians.

Top 25 celebrities Brits would most like to see as Prime Minister

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)

COBRA

Airing on Sky One tonight (Fri 17 Jan), COBRA is set in the heart of government during a time of national crisis and stars Robert Carlyle as Prime Minister, Robert Sutherland, and Victoria Hamilton as his Chief of Staff, Anna Marshall, who must contend with impossible political decisions as they deal with a national emergency that threatens the very stability of the UK.

A spokesperson for Sky said, “As a much loved and trusted figure, it’s not a surprise that David Attenborough topped the poll for PM.

“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.”

Sky original drama COBRA launches today, 17 January, on Sky One and NOW TV