The Pink List 2008

The Independent brings you it’s official 2008 Pink List, naming the 100 most influencial LGBT people, famous and none famous, here we’ve picked some highlights, you can view the complete list here.

1. Evan Davis, Journalist (last year’s #47)

Evan Davis

Once described as a cross between Gollum and a needy vicar, Evan Davishas shot to become everyone’s favourite BBC journalist since joiningRadio 4’s ‘Today’ programme earlier this year. News that he was steppingdown as the BBC’s economics editor in March drew cries of dismay fromall quarters, not least fans of his ‘Evanomics’ blog. But his reincarnationas one of the ‘Today’ anchors has exposed him to a wider audienceand beefed up his reputation. Intelligent, with a less adversarial style thanJohn Humphrys, Davis is considered the perfect complement to the existing roster of heavyweights. He once told an interviewer that “it would have been a dereliction of her journalistic duty” if she hadn’t asked whether it was true that he wears genital jewellery.

5. Dawn Airey, Television executive (Last year’s #88 – this years highest ranked female)

Dawn Airey

Airey, 46, shocked the TV world this year when she quit as head of global content at ITV after seven months. ‘Scary Airey’, as she has been dubbed, is to join European broadcaster RTL, becoming chairman and CEO of Channel Five, a position she first held eight years ago. She has a daughter with partner Jacquie Lawrence, who is a film-maker.

9. Alan Carr, TV Presenter/Comedian (Last year’s #32)

Alan Carr

There are reports of a TV bidding war as the self-styled Tooth Fairy nears the end of his Channel 4 contract. As well as hosting ‘The Friday Night Project’, and its Sunday incarnation, Carr has a second series of ‘Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong’ due in August. He’s also the first male spokesmodel for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign.

16. Clare Balding, TV Presenter (Last year’s #59)

Clare Baldwin

It’s been another big 12 months for the former jockey turned consummate television presenter. The 37-year-old appeared in a celebrity edition of ‘The Apprentice’ for charity and cemented her place as the BBC’s face of racing – her sublime broadcasting skills in evidence at Royal Ascot, which finished yesterday. Balding’s partner is Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold.

20. Darren Brown, Illusionist (NEW)

Derren Brown

Having staged a live séance and played Russian roulette on Channel 4, his latest show was the slightly more sedate ‘Trick or Treat’. The mind-reading illusionist has just finished a major UK tour and has published three books. Brown is new to the list: he “discreetly” came out in this paper last September.

88. Samantha Fox, Former model/singer (NEW)

Samantha Fox

Though still known as the most famous Page 3 girl ever, Fox ended her modelling career when she was 20 and had several chart hits all over the world. This year she and her partner and manager Myra appeared in Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’, trading with Freddie Starr and his wife Donna.

21. Gok Wan, Stylist (NEW)

Gok Wan

Beloved by women for his enthusiastic take on ladies’ wobbly bits, the stylist and fashion consultant shot to fame as presenter and co-creator of Channel 4’s ‘How to Look Good Naked’. Next month, he will star in ‘Gok’s Clothes Show’ – a mix of fashion and celebrity interviews – on Channel 4.

96. Saffron Burrows, Actress (Last year’s #91)

Saffron Burrows

Burrows gave up modelling as a young woman and made her acting debut in ‘In the Name of the Father’. Her latest film, ‘Dangerous Parking’, has received mixed reviews, but she has been popular in the US TV series ‘Boston Legal’. She has been romantically linked with actress Fiona Shaw and is friends with Tony Benn.

Also of note:

  • Actor Ian McKellen moved up a spot to #4
  • Elton John has gone down 3 places to #6
  • Stephen Fry has gone down 10 places to #12
  • Editor of Diva Magazine Jane Czyzselska is a new entry at #51
  • Writer of ‘Tipping The Velvet’ and ‘Fingersmith’ Sarah Waters has gone down 14 places to #53
  • Blogger/Gossip Queen Perez Hilton is not on the list at all

Under the young, gifted and gay (those not on the list) there is mention of Lindsay Lohan’s ‘rumoured’ lesbian lover DJ Samantha Ronson:

Samantha Ronson

Thirty-year-old Ronson is a popular A-list party DJ and rock act. Her stepfather is Mick Jones of the rock band Foreigner and her brother Mark is famous as a DJ and producer. Ms Ronson made the headlines last year when seen out with the actress Lindsay Lohan. She lives in Los Angeles and is the co-owner of the New York nightclub The Plumm.

Also under the Young, Gifted and Gay is Designer Henry Holland:

Henry Holland (with Agyness Deyn)

The 24-year-old has enjoyed rapid success in the industry with a little help from long-term friend Agyness Deyn. His cheeky T-shirt slogans and reflective tartan are putting a smile on the face of fashion.

Which reminds me, why isn’t Agyness Deyn on the list!?? Oooh yeah, she’s not gay… we can dream.

So there you have it, do you agree? Check out The Pink List 2008 in full here!


~ by outbristol on June 27, 2008.

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