Petition to get David Bowie’s face on new £20 note passes 12,000 signatures

Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69

David Bowie fans are calling on the UK Government to honour the late star on an official banknote.

Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69, with reports suggesting that he had been suffering from liver cancer for 18 months.

Following his death, tributes have flooded in from political figures such as David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn, with Cameron tweeting: “I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss”.


Now a petition has been launched with the aim of getting Bowie’s face on the new £20 note, with over 12,000 fans backing the cause. A new £20 banknote is set to be launched in the Spring with no decision as to who will appear on the note currently announced. Economist Adam Smith appears on the current £20 note.

See an example of what Bowie might look like on the note below. Sign the petition here.

The petition reads: “We can think of no better way to honour David Bowie, who died on 10th January 2016, than by depicting him on the forthcoming £20 note.”


“His music has sound-tracked important events in the lives of many of us. His visual art and sense of character brought a new combination of music, performance and imagery into mainstream culture. A 2002 poll of ‘100 Greatest Britons’ voted for by the public listed Bowie as number 29 which demonstrates the how celebrated and familiar he is to British people. There is no better person to be on the next £20 note.”


Meanwhile, David Bowie’s family have thanked fans for their recent “love and support” following the music icon’s passing, describing themselves as “overwhelmed and grateful”.

Read tributes to David Bowie here.