25/11/2011 01:49 GMT | Updated 24/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Sir David Attenborough Named Britain's 'Greatest Living National Treasure'

Natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough has been named Britain's greatest living national treasure - beating Stephen Fry and Sir Paul McCartney in the poll.

The veteran broadcaster, 85, also triumphed over physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and Harry Potter author JK Rowling to win the title.

Broadcaster and wit Fry was second, followed by former 007 star Sir Sean Connery, and ex-Beatle Sir Paul.

Prof Hawking was fifth, followed by World Cup winning footballer Sir Bobby Charlton, author Rowling, actress Dame Judi Dench, Welsh crooner Sir Tom Jones and Gandhi film director Lord Richard Attenborough, the brother of Sir David.

More than 4,000 people were asked to select Britain's national treasure from a shortlist, in a survey to celebrate the EuroMillions Millionaires Month.

People were asked to vote for the greatest "national living treasure", who they would like to see on a £1 million note. Sir David's image will now feature on the note, which will not be for circulation.

Meanwhile, Sir Sean Connery was named Scotland's "greatest living national treasure". The actor beat off competition from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Billy Connolly and Sir Chris Hoy to come top of the survey.