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Simon Cowell gets entry in Who's Who

Simon Cowell
Image caption Cowell lists some of the music artists he has signed in his entry

X Factor judge Simon Cowell is among the new entries from the world of entertainment to be included in the latest edition of Who's Who.

Director Danny Boyle and Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville are also included in the biographical reference book.

Concert pianist Lang Lang, children's author Philip Ardagh and "chick-lit" writer Louise Bagshawe feature as well.

They join more than 33,000 "noteworthy and influential" people in the 163rd version of Who's Who, out this week.

In his entry, Cowell lists his roles as creator and judge on The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent TV shows.

He also lists some of the music acts he has signed over his career, including Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and 1980s band Curiosity Killed the Cat.

'Beard maintenance'

Bonneville - full name Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams - reveals that in his spare time he "enjoys getting cross about health and safety".

Image caption Cookery writer Marguerite Patten is the oldest new entrant at 95

In his entry, meanwhile, prolific author Ardagh refers to his 100 or so books and cites such unusual hobbies as "general beard maintenance" and "ducking through doorways".

Emma Freud - daughter of the late Sir Clement Freud - joins her brother Matthew and her partner, screenwriter Richard Curtis.

In her entry, the presenter and film producer identifies two of her favourite pastimes as "Lego" and "colouring in".

In the media world, Dominic Mohan - editor of The Sun - makes the list for the first time, as does ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham.

The oldest new entrant is cookery writer, broadcaster and lecturer Marguerite Patten, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday.

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