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As much as we enjoy Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear, we do occasionally marvel at how thoroughly the man seems to have gripped the attention of Brits. When 1,182 residents of the Sceptered Isle were polled about who they'd like to have most as a celebrity housesitter, Clarkson was the top choice. Jeremy Clarkson, the host of a car show, beat BBC presenter Christine Bleakley, home improvement guru Sarah Beeny and singer Cheryl Cole in the top four, then a Lord at number five and some unknown soccer player named Rooney at number six.

The fact that a notoriously fiery soccer football superstar and tabloid staple made the list at all as someone you'd want tending your valuables while you're out of town does put respondents' mindsets into a new perspective. But still, Jeremy Clarkson? Full details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Money Supermarket]
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Jeremy Clarkson voted 'Top Gear' of celebrity house sitters

Despite having a bit of a reputation for destroying things (mainly caravans), motoring expert Jeremy Clarkson topped a recent poll as the celebrity most people would like to look after their house while they are away on holiday.
Users of Britain's number one comparison site, moneysupermarket.com, backed Clarkson over other potential celebrity house sitters including X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, BBC One Show presenter Christine Bleakley and property expert Sarah Beeny. Almost a third of the respondents voted in favour of leaving him in charge of their home.

The full results were:

1. Jeremy Clarkson (28%)
2. Christine Bleakley (23.9%)
3. Sarah Beeny (23.8%)
4. Cheryl Cole (14.2%)
5. Lord Alan Sugar (6.3%)
6. Wayne Rooney (3.7%)

Clare Francis, site editor of moneysupermarket.com said: "I'm surprised Jeremy Clarkson topped the list especially with Sarah Beeny in the running and her background in property. I have a sneaky suspicion that many of us may be keener to see the car that he turns up in, rather than thinking about his ability to look after the house. Having a Ferrari parked on the drive would definitely give the neighbours something to talk about!

"Although it would be nice to have the opportunity to have a celebrity house sit while you are away, many of us won't ever have that luxury. If you are leaving your property empty for any period of time, then make sure you have adequate home contents insurance in place to protect you while you are away. Most policies cover you for leaving your property empty for around 30 days a year, but if your property will be empty for longer, then you should inform your insurer."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a small house. It's more Hammond's size so that's who I'd have housesit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find Top Gear UNWATCHABLE (I gave up trying years ago, maybe it has changed) There is WAY too much talk, Clarkson, hype, audience face time, chalkboard time, etc, and nowhere near enough CAR time! Same as Barrett Jackson, etc. SHOW THE CARS MORE, I don't really want to see the old rich farts with their younger wives kissing them and begging for that T-Bird! ("old" fart here myself, so don't jump on me!) KEEP THE CAMERAS ON THE CARS!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This man is a so cool
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The fact that a notoriously fiery soccer football superstar and tabloid staple made the list at all as someone you'd want tending your valuables while you're out of town does put respondents' mindsets into a new perspective."

      :))) I love that!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would want Cheryl Cole watching my house... and my hidden cameras watching her!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather have James May. I'll bet my house would end up cleaner than I left it and nothing would be broken.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except maybe for your piano (if you have one). Though that wouldn't be his fault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      jeremy clarkson?? he'd burn my house down!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      while clarkson would be a hoot id go for james may--very proper and fastidius?(cant spill) at least my house and car would be spotless and there would be rubber left on the tires
      • 4 Years Ago
      One more reason why I'm glad to be American.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Invariably Clarkson would take your refrigerator and "supercharge" it with liquid nitrogen while screaming, "Power!" You'd end up with flash frozen beer, fitting for the ambitious but rubbish mantra.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I shall now demonstrate...with this hammer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahhh Jeremy Clarkson, Like that obnoxious yet somehow endearing drunk uncle everyone in the family loves to have around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeremy Clarkson is voted the top UK everything. It's kind of annoying - they treat him like Jesus. He's actually starting to annoy me - his opinions are starting to seem pretentious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no attack from me, see my later comment!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Jeremy Clarkson is voted the top UK everything. It's kind of annoying - they treat him like Jesus".

        Do you live in the UK? Or genuinely think these surveys are representative of much? It wasn't some kind of census.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Waiting for the lynch mob to attack me - lol.
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