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All the stars on the list either live or work in the UK, and have been selected “on the basis of their level of influence over the lives, choices and ideas of others.”
Music is represented by Adele, Harris and Sheeran, who join the likes of Skepta, Little Mix and Louis Tomlinson as the leading musicians on the list, while music broadcasting is represented by Lauren Laverne, Radio 1 and 1xtra Head of Music Chris Price and Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga – Skepta’s sister.
From the stage and screen, Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed features alongside fellow thespians Tom Hiddleston, Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Coleman and Keira Knightley.
Check out a selection of Debrett’s list of the 500 most influential people in Britain below.
Will ‘Status’ Kennard (from Chase & Status)
Stage and screen
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Helen Mirren
Sir Ridley Scott