Tom Hanks is America's favourite movie star

Johnny Depp is his closest competitor, according to a new poll

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The Independent Culture

Let any doubt be dispensed with - Tom Hanks is officially America's favourite Hollywood star.

The Bridge of Spies actor topped the annual Harris Poll which drew the results from a survey of over 2,200 adults.

His closest competitor was actor Johnny Depp who most recently starred as real-life mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

Reigning champion Denzel Washington - this year's recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award - fell two places to third, while the top five was rounded out with Western icon John Wayne (the only deceased actor in the top ten) and Harrison Ford.

Ford was recently announced as Hollywood's most bankable star following the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Force Awakens, toppling Samuel L. Jackson into second place.

Hanks - whose credits include Big, Forrest Gump and Captain Phillips - has topped the poll four times previous in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013.

The Harris Poll also found that the most liked Hollywood actresses were Sandra Bullock (6th) and Joy actress Jennifer Lawrence (7th).

The full top ten ran as follows:

1. Tom Hanks

2. Johnny Depp

3. Denzel Washington

4. John Wayne

5. Harrison Ford

6. Sandra Bullock

7. Jennifer Lawrence

8. Clint Eastwood

9. Brad Pitt / Julia Roberts