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Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Idris Elba, one of the new entrants, Damian Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, Harry Potter producer David Heyman, Working Title Films bosses Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat, boy band One Direction and others also made the list.
The unranked list includes names from such fields as stage and screen, TV, fashion, music, sports, politics and others.
Among the music industry people listed are Simon Cowell, Calvin Harris, Universal Music Group boss Lucian Grainge, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
Among the TV industry names are BBC director general Tony Hall, BBC director of TV Danny Cohen, ITV CEO Adam Crozier, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch, Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner Laing, Channel 4 CEO David Abraham and talk show host Graham Norton.
“The Debrett’s 500 is a positive endorsement and recognition of Britain’s 500 most influential people,” the publisher said. “It has been carefully compiled by independent panels of specialists in each field who provided nominations for selection to Debrett’s.”
Joanne Milner, CEO of Debrett’s, said: “It’s a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect. Every individual, though, demonstrates outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration.”
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