Captain Tom Moore should be played by one of Britain's most loved actors, a poll by BFBS has revealed.
The news follows the recent announcement that the 100-year-old former army Captain is set to have his life story turned into a big budget British film.
The year 2020 has been an incredible year for the NHS fundraiser who raised more than £132 million walking up and down his driveway 100 times before his 100th birthday in April.
He was knighted for his efforts and even held the top spot in the music charts following his collaboration with Michael Ball, releasing a version of You'll Never Walk Alone to also benefit NHS charities.
In the BFBS poll, readers were asked to choose from a list of nine household names which they thought would be the best actor to play Sir Tom.
Several of the choices included fellow knights of the realm, featuring iconic actors such as Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Michael Gambon and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
More than a hundred people took part in the poll, with votes cast for each candidate.
However, it became obvious early on that one clear winner was emerging ... But who was the winner?
“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”
That’s right … with over a third of all votes cast, the BFBS audience choice to star in the leading role of Captain Tom in the movie about his life is Sir Michael Caine.
Sir Michael Caine’s more than 60 years on screen has seen him play some of the most iconic roles in film history.
His characters have frequently been cinema defining. In 1964 he took on the role of Lt Gonville Bromhead in the epic Zulu, in 1969 he provided the leading role as Charlie Croker in the classic British film The Italian Job – delivering a line that is probably the most quoted in cinematic history.
Last year, 2019, was the first year in 25 years Sir Michael did not appear in a newly realised film, a cinema CV which currently stands at least 107 titles.
However, in 2020 he returned to the big screen with his most recent appearance as Crosby in the excellently received Tenet by Christopher Nolan, a director he worked with most notably in the Batman films alongside the likes of Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and the late Heath Ledger.
But could his next and most iconic role be as the national treasure Captain Sir Tom Moore?
Well, if BFBS audiences had anything to do with it, this performing national treasure would already have the job.
Of the 169 votes cast, 68 were for Sir Michael Caine, 34 were for Sir Anthony Hopkins, 17 for Sir Ian McKellen, 15 for Sir Kenneth Branagh, 12 for Sir Michael Gambon, 10 for Michael Sheen, six each for both Tom Hanks and Brian Cox and one for Jason Watkins.