Churchill named Britain’s greatest gentleman of last century

December 10th, 2011 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS  

Prince William London, Dec 9 (IANS) Known for his leadership of Britain during World War II, the two-time prime minister Sir Winston Churchill has been in a poll named as the greatest British gentleman of the last century.

Churchill, who inspired the nation to stand in defiance of the German dictator Adolf Hitler during the World War II, topped the survey of 4,000 people to uncover the greatest gentlemen in modern memory, the Daily Mail reported.

A spokesman for the clothes chain Austin Reed, which carried out the poll, said: “Sir Winston Churchill showed unprecedented courage and strength to lead this country and is a worthy choice as the greatest British gentleman.”

The results are a pleasing reminder of the number of great characters and personalities that inspire the general public, he added.

Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s best-known natural history film maker who brought the hidden secrets of the world to living rooms across the country with programmes like Life, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet, stood runner-up in the poll.

While the third place went to Stephen Fry, whose intelligent and amusing contributions to British TV screens and Twitter feeds, have made him a national treasure, Prince William acquired the fourth position.

It was screen royalty that rounded off the top five in the shape of Colin Firth, who wowed all with his Oscar-winning portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech”.

Actor David Niven took sixth spot, while it was 007 for former Bond star Roger Moore, with Michael Caine coming in eighth.

Sporting superstar David Beckham could only manage ninth place, while TV sensation Bruce Forsyth completed the top 10 in the poll.

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