ASTRONAUT Tim Peake has been voted the second most inspirational living Briton.
The 44-year-old from Westbourne, who is currently on International Space Station for Expedition, was placed second in a poll of 2,000 adults.
The research, by charity the Festival Of Learning, was conducted to launch the 2016 Festival of Learning - an initiative from Learning and Work Institute.
It found secretary-turned author J.K. Rowling to the be the most inspiring living Briton, and saddle-swapping Victoria Pendleton came third.
Ex-Olympian, Eddie the Eagle was fourth and in joint fifth place were chef-turned-political campaigner Jamie Oliver and serial entrepreneur and businesswoman, Karren Brady.
The poll, which aims to encourage people of all ages to take up learning, found a third of Brits have been spurred on to try their hand at something new after watching high-profile names succeed in a new career.
Three quarters of those surveyed admitted to never giving up on their dream jobs.
Stephen Evans, from Learning and Work Institute, said: ‘It’s great that so many people polled are inspired to learn to try new things or work toward their dream job. Learning isn’t just something that happens in a classroom, and it shouldn’t stop when you leave school.’
He called on any institution, business, individual or organisation that offers adults a chance to experience something new to list their event, course or workshop at festivaloflearning.org.uk.
The top childhood dream careers voted for by Britons were:
8. Prime Minister
10. Sports (various)
The top 5 most inspiring Britons today according to the poll were:
1. J.K. Rowling
2. Tim Peake
3. Victoria Pendleton
4. Eddie the Eagle
5= Jamie Oliver
5= Karren Brady