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6 (21) Alan Carr; Comedian The chatty man continues to cut through the fake-smile world of celebrity with his toothy grin and sharp sarcasm.
His "Eva Peron" moment at Gay Pride, when his appearance at a window resulted in the crowd below chanting his name, proved his appeal.
Currently Sony Radio Personality of the Year, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Southampton University.
Catch him in the flesh at his Edinburgh Festival show.
A keen biker unfairly teased for his exotic piercings, he was briefly involved in the imbroglio over whether B&Bs should be able to turn away gay couples. 5 (9) Carol Ann Duffy; Poet Laureate Both Poet Laureate and the author of the Mirror's "Poetry Corner", Duffy is the friendly face of poetry.
She has campaigned against cuts in the arts and set her own agenda for the laureateship, writing about the expenses scandal, banking crisis, war and David Beckham's Achilles.
3 (2nd last year) Stephen Fry; Broadcaster and writer The wit, polymath and all-round clever person has become a champion of the smart – he recently berated the BBC for not crediting its audience with having any brains; QI proves you don't have to be dumb to be popular, and he's soon to host a documentary on languages.
Sexual preference is no barrier to success in the fashion industry where Portas made her name in the early Nineties by turning Harvey Nichols into a must-shop destination before setting up her consultancy, Yellow Door, and then becoming a retail guru in print and on TV.
He moves up the list having been crucial in urging David Cameron to do more on gay rights.
8 (new entry) Michael Salter; Broadcast adviser to PM The PM's adviser on gay issues also heads the Conservatives' broadcast operation.
She's also developing a foody reputation from her stints with restaurant critic Giles Coren – the latest a reality show based on the 1970s comedy The Good Life.
11 (new entry) Simon Hughes; Deputy leader, Lib Dems Elected MP for Southwark and Bermondsey in 1983.