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23 June 2016updated 27 Jul 2021 1:52pm

Celebrity Brexit wars: which famous people are for and against leaving the EU?

In-listers and Out-listers.

By Anoosh Chakelian

The In-list

Richard Branson

Patrick Stewart

JK Rowling

Martin Lewis

Helena Bonham Carter

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Peter Davison

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Karren Brady

Emma Thompson

Tracey Emin

Philip Pullman

Eddie Izzard

Ian McKellen

Arsene Wenger

Olly Alexander

Idris Elba

Jeremy Clarkson

Elton John

Jo Brand

Armando Iannucci

James May

Sophie Okonedo

Steve Coogan

Alexa Chung


Hi, I’m IN. Either way PLEASE remember to vote. @villoid

A photo posted by Alexa (@chungalexa) on Jun 15, 2016 at 11:25am PDT

Mike Leigh

Daisy Ridley

Stephen Hawking

Benedict Cumberbatch

Paloma Faith

Vivienne Westwood


A photo posted by lily cole (@lilycole) on May 28, 2016 at 8:17am PDT

Danny Boyle

Dominic West

Damien Hirst

Bob Geldof

Richard Curtis

Carol Ann Duffy

John le Carre

Keira Knightley

Brian Cox

Bobby George

Kristin Scott Thomas

Jude Law

Lily Cole

John Hurt

Derek Jacobi

Dan Smith

David Beckham


I’m passionate about my country and whatever the result of Thursday’s referendum, we will always be Great. Each side has the right to their opinion and that should always be respected whatever the outcome of the European Referendum. I played my best years at my boyhood club, Manchester United. I grew up with a core group of young British players that included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville Brothers. Added to that was an experienced group of older British players such as Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince. Now that team might have gone on to win trophies but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona. I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:15am PDT

Rebecca Front

Juliet Stevenson

Matt Damon

Simon Cowell

Sylvester McCoy

Daniel Craig

Billie Piper

Gillian Anderson

Bill Nighy

David Walliams

Rio Ferdinand

Florence Welch

Victoria Beckham

Thandie Newton

John Barnes

Douglas Booth


He’s in, I’m in – are you? #voteremain

A photo posted by Samuel Muston (@smuston) on Jun 18, 2016 at 9:38am PDT

The Out-list

Julian Fellowes

Roger Daltrey

Ian Botham

Bryan Adams

Michael Caine

Keith Chegwin

Duncan Bannatyne

Sol Campbell

John Cleese

Liz Hurley

Joan Collins

Katie Hopkins

Cheryl Baker