Brits name Sir David Attenborough as their dream Prime Minister

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.

Most people have watched him lead climate debates, summit mountains, track shrinking glacier, and – in what surely counts among the most emotional TV scenes of all time – talk to a blind baby rhino.

Therefore, 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.

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

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

Sir David Attenborough beat the likes of Stormzy and Emma Watson. Credit: SWNS
Sir David Attenborough

The documentary maker’s closest rivals were screen star and voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks 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.

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

Mary Berry beat GBBO successor Prue Leith. Credit: BBC
Mary Berry

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 to be more likely to vote a celebrity into office than the standing politicians.

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.”

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

  1. David Attenborough (21 percent)
  2. Stephen Fry (14 percent)
  3. Richard Branson (13 percent)
  4. Jeremy Clarkson (13 percent)
  5. Hugh Grant (9 percent)
  6. Piers Morgan (9 percent)
  7. Ant and Dec (9 percent)
  8. Jurgen Klopp (9 percent)
  9. Helen Mirren (8 percent)
  10. JK Rowling (8 percent)
  11. Ricky Gervais (7 percent)
  12. James Corden (7 percent)
  13. Emma Watson (7 percent)
  14. Gareth Southgate (7 percent)
  15. Adele (7 percent)
  16. Russell Brand (6 percent)
  17. Mary Berry (6 percent)
  18. Lenny Henry (6 percent)
  19. Robert Carlyle (6 percent)
  20. Sharon Osbourne (5 percent)
  21. Stormzy (5 percent)
  22. Alan Partridge (5 percent)
  23. Harry Styles (5 percent)
  24. Ruth Jones (5 percent)
  25. Prue Leith (5 percent)

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