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Eddie Redmayne and Russell Brand join list of influential Brits

Eddie Redmayne, Russell Brand and Idris Elba are among the stars who have been listed as Britain's most influential citizens in the Debrett's People of Today publication.

The annual list chronicles the most distinguished figures in U.K. public life, and the actors have joined other well known names on the index, including politicians, sports stars and royalty.

Other new additions include singers Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, authors Kate Mosse and Ian McEwan, and Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

Chief executive at Debrett's, Joanne Milner, says, "We are delighted to announce this year's Debrett's 500. It's a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect. Every individual, though, demonstrates outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration."

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