Brits want Sir David Attenborough on the new £20 note

Sir David Attenborough has topped a poll of who people most want to see on the new £20 note, which is due to come into circulation in 2020.

YouGov conducted a survey on which ‘ethical champion’ Brits would most want to see on their money in association with Good Money Week.

Sir David Attenborough topped the poll. Copyright: [Getty]
Sir David Attenborough topped the poll. Copyright: [Getty]

For 40% of the 2,128 people asked, Sir David was first choice – beating the likes of Richard Branson, Stella McCartney and Jamie Oliver.

In fact, the TV star’s next closest rival was Prince Charles, who came second with just 7% of the vote.

Other stars to have been listed include JK Rowling, who got 4% of the vote, Anita Roddick and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

JK Rowling got 4% of the vote. Copyright: [Rex]
JK Rowling got 4% of the vote. Copyright: [Rex]

Charlene Cranny, programme manager at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) said of the results: “It’s no surprise that Sir David Attenborough came out top in this poll.

“With his endless conservation work, he would act as a constant reminder to the public to make ‘ethical’ money choices, which is what Good Money Week – now in its tenth year – aims to do.”

The Bank of England released a mock-up of how the new £20 note, featuring JMW Turner, will look. Copyright: [Bank of England]
The Bank of England released a mock-up of how the new £20 note, featuring JMW Turner, will look. Copyright: [Bank of England]

Unfortunately Sir David will not be featuring on the note, with it being announced last year that artist JMW Turner will be the face of the new polymer £20.

Last month, the new polymer £10 note came into circulation, featuring Jane Austen, and last September new £5 notes were released, with Winston Churchill as the face.

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