100 most searched-for people of 2009

Cheryl Cole tops the chart, just ahead of the former King of Pop. Actress Megan Fox takes third place, followed by another personality to pass away in 2009, Jade Goody.

Completing the rest of the top ten are Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, pop stars Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Britney Spears, and talent show contestant Susan Boyle.

Among some of the less well-known figures to make the high end of the top 100, Ben Collins (number 15) is a former racing car driver who was the subject of speculation in January when the Daily Telegraph named him as one of the people supposedly behind the mysterious Stig on the TV programme Top Gear.

Natalie Dylan (19) is the pseudonym of a 22-year-old student from San Diego, California who spent 2009 trying to auction her virginity online (and who, to date, has yet to find a buyer). Lizzie Miller (20) is a plus-size model who was photographed for the September edition of Glamour magazine proudly displaying a roll of fat round her stomach.

Meanwhile the most powerful man on the planet has to settle for coming 57th, five places behind the world's first "pregnant man". Robbie Williams, once a ubiquitous pop star, comes one place behind the woman with the longest recorded lifespan in human history. And who's that at number 96? Why, it's the bloke who played Mikey in The Goonies!

Here is the complete top 100:

Susan BoylePA

1-10:
1) Cheryl Cole
2) Michael Jackson
3) Megan Fox
4) Jade Goody
5) Emma Watson
6) Miley Cyrus
7) Lady Gaga
8) Rihanna
9) Britney Spears
10) Susan Boyle

MadonnaTsvangirayi Mukwazhi

11-20:

11) Jessica Alba
12) Jennifer Aniston
13) Angelina Jolie
14) Katie Price
15) Ben Collins
16) Keeley Hazell
17) Peter Andre
18) Madonna
19) Natalie Dylan
20) Lizzie Miller

Caster SemenyaJohn Giles, PA

21-30:

21) Victoria Beckham
22) Robert Pattinson
23) Rachel Stevens
24) Paris Hilton
25) Caster Semenya
26) Jamie Archer
27) Lily Allen
28) Myleene Klass
29) Carmen Electra
30) Adriana Lima

Stephen GatelySuzan, EMPICS Entertainment

31-40:

31) Lucy Pinder
32) Dannii Minogue
33) Pamela Anderson
34) Kelly Brook
35) Stephen Gately
36) David Beckham
37) Danyl Johnston
38) Cristiano Ronaldo
39) Charlotte Church
40) Lindsay Lohan

Natasha RichardsonPeter Kramer, AP

41-50:

41) Patrick Swayze
42) Brittni Carlini
43) Nicola Roberts
44) Natasha Richardson
45) Amanda Holden
46) Kylie Minogue
47) Elizabeth Hurley
48) Alex Reid
49) Andy Murray
50) Brad Pitt

Elvis PresleyAP

51-60:

51) Kate Moss
52) Thomas Beattie
53) Kara Tointon
54) Beyonce Knowles
55) Elvis Presley
56) Jessica Biel
57) Barack Obama
58) Joe Swash
59) Carrie Prejean
60) Keith Floyd

Farrah FawcettAP

61-70:

61) Elle MacPherson
62) Ronan Keating
63) Larry Lamb
64) Mariah Carey
65) Diana Ross
66) Jade Ewen
67) Holly Willoughby
68) Avril Lavigne
69) Scarlett Johansson
70) Farrah Fawcett

Ursula AndressPA

71-80:

71) Isla Fisher
72) Nicole Kidman
73) Cerys Matthews
74) Holly Valance
75) Melinda Messenger
76) Renee Zellweger
77) Suzanne Shaw
78) Sarah Michelle Gellar
79) Ursula Andress
80) Christina Ricci

Mike TysonChris Pizzello, AP

81-90:

81) Jeanne Calment
82) Robbie Williams
83) Demi Moore
84) Molly Ringwald
85) Mike Tyson
86) Denise Van Outen
87) Yasmin Le Bon
88) Jessica Simpson
89) Chris Brown
90) Thora Birch

Sean AstinEvan Agostini, PA

91-100:

91) Jennifer Grey
92) Jennifer Jason Leigh
93) Emma Pierson
94) Jennifer Ellison
95) Elisha Cuthbert
96) Sean Astin
97) Emma Bunton
98) Lucy Lawless
99) Michelle Heaton
100) Sharon Stone

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