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Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, Kim Kardashian Top Google U.K. Searches for 2013

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The search giant's annual Zeitgeist chart for Britain also prominently features boy band One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Nelson Mandela.

LONDON – The deaths of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker and Glee star Cory Monteith made them the most searched for people among U.K. Google users in 2013.

The annual Google U.K. Zeitgeist chart, released Tuesday, showed that South African blade runner Oscar Pistorius, who this year was on trial for killing his model girlfriend, was the third most searched for person in Britain, followed by late South African leader Nelson Mandela, late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and new Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

Google didn't detail the number of searches per person.

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Kim Kardashian was the most searched for living person that Google U.K. classified as a "celebrity," the Internet giant said. Her baby with rapper Kanye West was among the news that helped elevate her to the top of the list.

Boy band One Direction came in second in terms of most googled celebrities, followed by Miley Cyrus, who drew headlines with her twerking performance at the MTV VMAs and her smoking a joint in Amsterdam at the MTV EMAs.

Cyrus also drew Google searches in the category of "What is...?" questions. Google U.K. said "What is twerking?" was at the top of that list in 2013.

Justin Bieber -- who drew social media buzz with a European tour and a slew of incidents that showed his darker side -- was the fourth most googled celebrity, according to the Google U.K. Zeitgeist chart.

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Kate Middleton, who together with husband Prince William welcomed royal baby George this summer, and Taylor Swift followed in the fifth and sixth spots.

Martin Lewis, an author and TV personality who advises people on how to save money, ranked seventh in Britain, ahead of Beyonce, who got a boost late in the year with her secret album release.

Scottish Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and One Direction singer Harry Styles rounded out the top 10 celebrity searches on Google U.K. in 2013.

Among dead celebrities and other people searched on Google, Walker, who died in a car crash late this year, was the most searched name in the U.K., ahead of Monteith, who was found dead in his hotel room after overdosing on heroin.

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Nigella Lawson, amid a drugs controversy and high-profile divorce from advertising guru Charles Saatchi, ranks as the seventh most searched for person on Google U.K. this year, according to the Internet giant.

She is followed by diver Tom Daley, who came out late in the year. Lou Reed, who died in October, and British reality TV personality Joey Essex rounded out the top 10.

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