The list of people, which highlights notable figures from backgrounds ranging from philanthropy to engineering, has been compiled by “independent specialists” and experts at Debrett’s, which has “identified people of influence in Britain” for nearly 250 years. All candidates 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.”
In music, Tottenham is represented by its two most famous artists in Skepta and Adele. The two join the likes of Calvin Harris, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran 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 Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Coleman and Keira Knightley.
See 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