Sir David Attenborough has the nation's favourite voice, poll claims

Donald Trump topped poll of most annoying voices, followed by Keith Lemon

Rob Knight
Thursday 01 November 2018 17:07
Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Queen Elizabeth

National treasure Sir David Attenborough has the nation’s favourite voice, it has emerged.

The 92-year-old broadcaster beat Hollywood great Morgan Freeman to claim the top spot.

In third place was actor and author Stephen Fry, followed by Dame Judi Dench and former James Bond Sir Sean Connery.

Other famous names to make the top 50 list include former US president Barack Obama, movie legend Samuel L Jackson and the Queen.

A spokesman for Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, which carried out the survey, said: “We recognise how different voices sound and have our own personal favourites, from the inspirational and most trustworthy to those that soothe and move us emotionally.

“The power of the spoken word can’t be underestimated. Communication is an essential part of our mental wellbeing, which is why it is so important that we take care of our hearing throughout our lives.”

Despite Dame Judi’s high ranking, the top 20 favourite voices are dominated by men and home grown talent, with Freeman, Mr Obama and Samuel L Jackson the only Americans to feature.

Idris Elba, heavily tipped to become the next James Bond, made it to number 11 in the list with Welsh singer Tom Jones close behind.

A Scrivens spokesperson said: ‘Over 10 million adults in the UK suffer from some degree of hearing loss’ (Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care)

The top preference for women’s voices is soft, upbeat and husky, which fits with the few that made the top 20, including Joanna Lumley OBE, the Queen and Dame Helen Mirren.

For men, the top preferences are deep, slow and soft.

Donald Trump topped the poll of most annoying voices, closely followed by Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon.

Most people (72 per cent) said they do not like hearing recordings of their own voice and more than half of those polled had judged people solely on their voice.

Most surprisingly, a quarter admitted they struggle to hear what people say to them when talking face to face.

And over half of those polled had never had their hearing checked.

Top 50 greatest voices:

  1. Sir David Attenborough
  2. Morgan Freeman
  3. Stephen Fry
  4. Dame Judi Dench DBE
  5. Sir Sean Connery
  6. Brian Blessed OBE
  7. Joanna Lumley OBE
  8. Barack Obama
  9. David Tennant
  10. Sir Billy Connolly CBE
  11. Idris Elba
  12. Sir Tom Jones OBE
  13. The Queen
  14. Dame Helen Mirren DBE
  15. Liam Neeson OBE
  16. Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE
  17. Samuel L Jackson
  18. Hugh Grant
  19. Dame Julie Andrews DBE
  20. Sir Ian McKellen CBE
  21. Benedict Cumberbatch CBE
  22. Tom Hanks
  23. Nigella Lawson
  24. Ewan McGregor OBE
  25. Holly Willoughby
  26. James Earl Jones
  27. Dame Maggie Smith DBE
  28. Moira Stewart OBE
  29. Alexander Armstrong
  30. Robert De Niro
  31. Tom Baker
  32. Hugh Jackman
  33. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  34. Tom Hiddleston
  35. Dawn French
  36. Harrison Ford
  37. Gareth Southgate
  38. Mary Berry CBE
  39. Jim Broadbent
  40. Jeremy Irons
  41. Mariella Frostrup
  42. Lorraine Kelly OBE
  43. Cerys Matthews
  44. Meryl Streep
  45. Kelsey Grammer
  46. Al Pacino
  47. Christopher Walken
  48. Cheryl Cole
  49. Jennifer Lawrence
  50. Susanna Reid

South West News Service

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