David Attenborough Tops Poll To Become Face Of The New £20 Note

A YouGov poll on behalf of Good Money Week has put Sir David Attenborough top of a list of 'ethical champions' who the British public would like to see featured on the next £20 note.

The poll surveyed 2,128 people, and put Attenborough ahead of Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Stella McCartney, Prince Charles and JK Rowling. Charles came second with seven percent of voters, while Rowling won four percent of the vote.

Sir David Attenborough. Credit: PA
Sir David Attenborough. Credit: PA

Voters were asked to name the person they'd most like to see on the new banknote from a list of 15 'ethical champions' that would 'remind the public to be ethical in how they spend their money'.

Attenborough's award-winning nature documentaries - including Life on Earth, The Living Planet, The Private Life of Plants, Wildlife on One and in recent years the Blue Planet series - have become world famous for drawing attention to the plight of the environment, making him the perfect candidate.

Having displayed a keen interest in nature from a young age, he would collect fossils as a child. After a short stint in the navy, he went into publishing, only to become quickly disillusioned. He joined the BBC in 1952 and has worked for the corporation ever since.

Speaking to LADbible, Richard Harrington of the Marine Conservation Society said: "We'd welcome and support the move to put Sir David Attenborough on our currency. He is such a popular figure, and has brought nature and the environment into the homes of many millions of people over several decades. We hope he has many more series to make and will be involved in a Blue Planet 3 and beyond!"

Although Attenborough topped the GMW poll, the £20 is already set to feature the painter JMW Turner, a painter whose works include The Slave Ship and The Blue Rigi.

The British public have had an interesting few years when it comes to polls. They chose to name a boat 'Boaty McBoat Face', to leave a popular/unpopular customs union (delete as appropriate) and crowned Georgia Toffolo the winner of this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

However, few would question any decision to recognise Sir David, whose life work has contributed to a heightened awareness among the British public, not only of the mating habits of various species, but also the plight faced by the planet due to human behaviour.

The latest series of Blue Planet, for example, highlighted the sheer extremity of ocean pollution the world now faces, leading environment secretary Michael Gove to claim he had been left 'haunted'.

Personally, I don't have anything against Mr Attenborough, but I would like to see his brother Richard on the new £20 note.

The late director appeared as the mad owner of a dinosaur-infested theme park in the film Jurassic Park, and as a result is the only Attenborough brother to have met a real-life dinosaur (the camera does not lie), and you can't beat that.

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Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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