In the previous post, we took a look at the two most powerful people in British culture. The list that The Telegraph presented actually contains a hundred people! Now let us take a look at some of the more popular names in this list (popular in terms of the rest of the world, that is).
Helena Bonham Carter, 41, actress. Her breakthrough role in the 1985 film Room with a View led to a phase of typecasting. After reinventing herself in Fight Club, she has become the staple muse of her boyfriend-director Tim Burton.
She takes the 99th place – barely made it but she’s still there!
Keira Knightley, 23, actress. Love her or loathe her, Knightley’s Hollywood roles have cemented her leading-lady status and made her one of Britain’s most coveted young actresses.
Keira takes the 87th place.
Sir Ian McKellen, 68, actor. The sexagenarian has embraced popular culture of late, taking on the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, parts in the X-Men trilogy, The Da Vinci Code and even Coronation Street. Knighted in 1991, he has played a number of memorable Shakespearean roles including Romeo, Macbeth and Iago.
He has the 45th place.
Daniel Craig, 40, actor. Shot to fame in 1996 in the landmark BBC drama Our Friends in the North and initially concentrated on stage and art house film roles. Reluctant at first to take on the role of James Bond, he’s now the face of an iconic global brand. Has said: ‘I always wanted to be an actor. I had the arrogance to believe I couldn’t be anything else.’
The latest James Bond takes the 29th place.