Pop culture dominates Britain's Top Ten Living Icons as revealed by BBC Two's The Culture Show
The Culture Show announces the top ten greatest British Living Icons - as nominated entirely by the public - on 11 November on BBC Two at 7.10pm.
The list honours a diverse range of talent, including four music superstars - Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Kate Bush and Morrissey.
National treasures Alan Bennett and Sir David Attenborough make the top ten, as does tabloid favourite Kate Moss.
Stage, screen and the catwalk are represented by Stephen Fry, Sir Michael Caine and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Although we live in a world obsessed with celebrity and headlines, the list suggests that the British public admires talent, intelligence and creativity.
More than 500 different Brits were suggested as icons, but the ten most popular have all made a unique contribution to British culture.
All ten have also earned their reputation over several decades - even the youngest name on the list, Kate Moss, began her career nearly 20 years ago.
Moss is one of only three women to make the male-dominated list. Her inclusion, alongside Dame Vivienne Westwood, reflects the status of British fashion within our culture.
The full list comprises (in alphabetical order):
Sir David Attenborough
Sir Michael Caine
Sir Paul McCartney
Dame Vivienne Westwood
"It's a striking list - no Queen, no Maggie, no JK Rowling. Best of all this is a totally open race. Any of the ten could win," says The Culture Show Producer, Edward Morgan.
Members of the public can vote for their favourite in the top ten by phone (09015 22 33 44), text (icon + surname of your icon to 83199) or online at bbc.co.uk/livingicons.
Voting closes on Monday 27 November 2006 at noon.
The top three contenders will be announced on the 2 December edition of The Culture Show, and portraits of these top three will be displayed in both the National Portrait Gallery in London and at the National Gallery in Edinburgh.
The overall winner will be announced on the final Culture Show before Christmas on 16 December.
Notes to Editors
Over the next three weeks, ten advocates will make the case for their Living Icon.
Sir David Attenborough - advocated by TV presenter, Bill Oddie
Alan Bennett - advocated by broadcaster, John Sergeant
David Bowie - advocated by actor, Alan Cumming
Kate Bush - advocated by Mercury Music Prize winner, Antony Hegarty
Sir Michael Caine - advocated by comedian, Phil Cornwell
Stephen Fry - advocated by comedian, Ed Byrne
Sir Paul McCartney - advocated by musician, Katie Melua
Morrissey - advocated by broadcaster, Jeremy Vine
Kate Moss - advocated by journalist, James Brown
Dame Vivienne Westwood - advocated by musician and TV presenter, Mica Paris