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Who's the most famous Australian?

Published in News - November 18, 2013

In honour of the Ashes cricket starting this Thursday, we wanted to celebrate all things Australian. So, we asked 1,000 Brits this week to name the most famous Aussie that came to mind. Just how famous is Shane Warne? Our survey revealed some unusual results.

We asked 1,000 Brits to name a famous Australian - who do you think came top?

The Ashes are almost upon us. The bats have been oiled, the grass has been cut - all that remains is for the English team to (try to) defend their title.

In honour of this great event starting on Thursday, we wanted to celebrate all things Australian. So, we asked 1,000 Brits this week to name the most famous Aussie that came to mind. Just how famous is Shane Warne? Our survey revealed some unusual results.

In first place is pop icon Kylie Minogue, sweeping away the competition with 28% of the votes - five times higher than Crocodile Dundee and Dame Edna Everage.

Famous Australians

Fellow Neighbours alumnus Harold Bishop (played by Ian Smith) fared less well, languishing in 26th place - tied with Kylie's sister Dannii Minogue, and, interestingly, Aussie beer 'Fosters'.

Despite losing out to England in the summer, the list features several famous Australian cricketers. Shane Warne came in sixth place whereas the legendary Don Bradman came in 15th place - three places behind Skippy the Kangaroo. Other sporting legends in the top twenty include Pat Cash, Mark Webber and Rod Laver.

Some Brits clearly need to brush up on their geography, as several non-Australians were named in the results. Russell Crowe was crowned the tenth most famous Australian - despite hailing from New Zealand. Irish singer and 'I'm a Celebrity' contestant Kian Egan also made an appearance, as did Geordie presenters Ant and Dec, which is a little confusing.

In Britain, politicians often achieve a high level of fame - the sight of Boris Johnson stuck on a zipwire will stay with us until the end of our days. However, it seems Australian politicians don't share the same notoriety. There were just seven votes for previous Aussie prime ministers - and current PM Tony Abbot wasn't mentioned at all.

Who would you name? We think it's only fair that we ask Australians the same question in return in the coming weeks too!

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