The United Kingdom has produced hundreds of celebrities over the years that are not only known domestically but are famous all over the world. Witty humour and sarcasm is often associated with British people and that makes them stand out and contributes to their popularity.
Many of these celebrities have found fame through music but many have been distinguished by their acting or sporting talent. Here is a list of the top 10 most popular British celebs in 2017.
List of top 10 most popular hottest British celebs in 2017.
10. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is famous for being sharp and direct in his comments and the type of person who calls a spade a spade. The 56 year old started out as a record producer and talent scout but has become one of the most prominent TV personalities in recent memory. Having produced and judged hit shows like Pop Idol and American Idol, he has also been a judge on America’s Got Talent and the X-Factor. He has been recognised as one of the most influential and richest people in the United Kingdom.
9. Ricky Gervais
After a career in music as a pop star didn’t work out, Ricky Gervais turned to comedy where his true genius was revealed. Becoming popular nationwide through the path-breaking and critically acclaimed “The Office”, Ricky has gone onto produce many hits.His three Golden Globes, two Emmys and seven BAFTAs are proof of his comic talent which was on full display each time he hosted the Golden Globes.
8. Ed Sheeran
When dropping out of school at 16 and moving to London to pursue a career in music, Ed Sheeran didn’t know he would one day achieve international fame and recognition for his talent. He started growing in popularity in 2013 but his 2014 album “X” propelled him to worldwide recognition. The album reached number one in the US and the UK and won a Brit Award for best album of the year. Sheeran is currently dating a high school friend named Cherry Seaborn.
7. Sacha Baron Cohen
One of the greatest comic talents of his generation, Baron Cohen is most famous for creating cult characters like Ali G, Borat, Bruno and Admiral General Aladeen. Baron Cohen has won two BAFTAs, many Emmy nominations, an Oscar nomination, and a Golden Globe as recognition for his work that is widely loved by critics and fans alike. He is married to actress Isla Fisher since 2010 and the pair has three children together.
6. Emma Watson
Beautiful, rich, young and popular – Emma Watson is one of the most desirable women on the planet. Rising to prominence for her amazing representation of the Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, the 26 year old actress has gone onto become a successful Hollywood star and TV personality. She has worked as the UN Goodwill Ambassador and been a strong advocate for women’s rights. She is also a successful model, having worked for Burberry and Lancome.
5. Zayn Malik
A former One Direction member, Zayn Malik left the band in 2015 after releasing four albums with the group. His first solo album “Mind of Mine” was a huge success and the lead single “Pillowtalk” reached #1 in multiple countries including the UK and the US. Only 23 years old, Zayn has a reported net worth of $49 million and has amassed over 19 million followers on Twitter. The singer songwriter is currently in a relationship with American model Gigi Hadid.
4. Benedict Cumberbatch
The 40 year old Benedict Cumberbatch shot into international fame with the television series “Sherlock” in 2010. Ardent fans know he has a rich history of acting – starring in plays, TV shows and movies, contributing to a long and successful career. He has got four Emmy nominations and won one for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He has also won a Oscar nomination, two Golden Globe nominations and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
3. David Beckham
Initially gaining recognition as a footballer, David Beckham has become a true sport icon with over 54 million likes on Facebook. Having played for some of the biggest clubs in the game – Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan, Beckham is the first English player to have won league titles in four different countries. Known for his trademark crosses and bending free kicks, Beckham has now become a model and one of the most marketable athletes ever.
28 year old Adele is widely considered to be one of the greatest vocal artists of her generation and has won ten Grammys from thirteen nominations. Bursting on to the scene with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “19”, Adele has gone onto produce music that has been universally loved and appreciated. One of the best-selling artists on the planet, Adele was at number five on VH1’s list of the greatest women in music. The singer has a child with partner Simon Konecki.
1. Harry Styles
With more than 29 million followers on Twitter, Harry Styles of boy band One Direction is undoubtedly one of the most popular people in his country and in the world. After appearing on the show X Factor, One Direction released a couple of albums but their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” shot them to international fame. Only 22 years old, Styles has released five hugely successful albums with his band and been part of two worldwide tours. The singer songwriter has great vocals and has won multiple awards for his music. Styles briefly dated Taylor Swift in late 2012 and is currently rumoured to be seeing Kendall Jenner.
So those were some of the most popular British celebs. We have excluded political personalities and members of the royal family, mainly concentrating on people who have become famous by displaying their talents in the entertainment industry. Our list contains some of the top singers, actors and comedians to come out of England in recent times and make their mark across the pond in America and worldwide.