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Most Popular Celebrities Worldwide

LONDON, December 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Madonna was the most popular celebrity in 2006.

She beat the likes of Charlotte Church and Robbie Williams to top a survey of the most popular personalities requested by people searching on the entertainment search engine Celebrities Worldwide. Richard Brecker of said: "The results show quite emphatically that more people were interested in Madonna than any other celebrity or reality star this year." Her ability to stay ahead is phenomenal - particularly in such a difficult year."

The singer attracted great controversy over the much publicised adoption of her son David from Malawi and has also reportedly faced marriage difficulties with her husband Guy Ritchie.

It has not been a good year for David Beckham who has slipped from No 4 ranking as the most requested name in 2005 to his current number 11 spot.

Beckham relinquished his captaincy of the England soccer team following their poor showing in the World Cup, has been dropped from the squad by new manager Steve McLaren and has struggled to hold a regular place in the first team at Real Madrid.

But some consolation - Becks still finishes five places higher this year than his publicity hungry wife Victoria

Little Britain TV star Matt Lucas in 10th position proves a bigger hit than his co-star David Walliams who trails four places behind Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, star judges on the hit TV series "X Factor" battle it out at 31st and 32nd spot respectively. One time showbiz outcast Noel Edmonds has catapulted back into the reckoning through the success of his TV show "Deal or No Deal"

Celebrities Worldwide is accepted as a benchmark of celebrity status and popularity and its website attracts more than 4 million visitors per year.

TOP 100 NAMES of 2006

    1.  Madonna
    2.  Charlotte Church
    3.  Jamie Oliver MBE
    4.  Robbie Williams
    5.  Jonathan Ross OBE
    6.  Billie Piper
    7.  Ricky Gervais
    8.  Jeremy Clarkson
    9.  Stephen Fry
    10.  Matt Lucas
    11.  David Beckham OBE
    12.  Gordon Ramsay OBE
    13.  Trinny Woodall
    14.  David Walliams
    15.  Fearne Cotton
    16.  Victoria Beckham
    17.  Elton John
    18.  Kylie Minogue
    19.  David Tennant
    20.  Rachel Stevens
    21.  Peter Kay
    22.  Davina McCall
    23.  Graham Norton
    24.  Paul McCartney
    25.  Dawn French
    26.  Russell Brand
    27.  Paul O'Grady
    28.  Coleen McLoughlin
    29.  Noel Edmonds
    30.  Richard Hammond
    31.  Simon Cowell
    32.  Sharon Osbourne
    33.  Nigella Lawson
    34.  Ewan McGregor
    35.  David Attenborough
    36.  Vernon Kay
    37.  Chris Moyles
    38.  Terry Wogan
    39.  Catherine Tate
    40.  Michael Palin CBE
    41.  Keira Knightley
    42.  Chris Evans
    43.  Zoe Ball
    44.  Chantelle Houghton
    45.  Elizabeth Hurley
    46.  Bill Bailey
    47.  Brad Pitt
    48.  Bob Geldof KBE
    49.  David Hasselhoff
    50.  Vic Reeves
    51.  Jarvis Cocker
    52.  Kevin Spacey
    53.  Paul Merton
    54.  George Clooney
    55.  Kate Moss
    56.  Jo Brand
    57.  Lenny Henry
    58.  Bruce Forsyth CBE
    59.  Angelina Jolie
    60.  Victoria Wood
    61.  Johnny Vegas
    62.  Will Young
    63.  Jade Goody
    64.  Edith Bowman
    65.  Kelly Holmes
    66.  Johnny Depp
    67.  Joanna Lumley
    68.  Cliff Richard
    69.  Emma Bunton
    70.  Denise Van Outen
    71.  Jude Law
    72.  Ian McKellen
    73.  Patrick Stewart OBE
    74.  John Cleese
    75.  Ian Hislop
    76.  Janet Street-Porter
    77.  Martine McCutcheon
    78.  Meera Syal MBE
    79.  Paris Hilton
    80.  Jools Holland
    81.  Jordan
    82.  Steve Coogan
    83.  Cilla Black
    84.  Dermot O'Leary
    85.  Richard Branson
    86.  Tom Cruise
    87.  Myleene Klass
    88.  George Michael
    89.  Cat Deeley
    90.  Ainsley Harriott
    91.  Kate Winslet
    92.  Ray Winstone
    93.  Sting
    94.  Geri Halliwell
    95.  Sara Cox
    96.  Jeremy Paxman
    97.  Gary Lineker
    98.  Carol Vorderman MBE
    99.  Bono
    100. Dannii Minogue


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