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David Beckham and Dawn French or Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver – who’s your celebrity parenting dream team?

Published 14 October 2014 by

If you had to move back into the family home and could choose any celebrities to be your parents, who would you pick? Would you let money sway you, or would you prefer a mum or dad with a good sense of humour? Perhaps you’d just like to stay in a home where you’re guaranteed a great dinner every night?

A new survey* conducted for us has revealed the country’s dream celebrity parents, so who are they?

Dream mum and dad

Top 5 dream dads Top 5 dream mums
Richard Branson Holly Willoughby
David Beckham Dawn French/Joanna Lumley (Joint)
Jamie Oliver Nigella Lawson
Phillip Schofield J.K. Rowling
Barack Obama The Queen

According to new research conducted on our behalf, the nation’s dream parenting combo is Holly Willoughby and Richard Branson. Nearly one in five people voted for the billionaire who owns his own island – which would certainly ease the trauma of moving back in with your folks – while more than one in 10 respondents chose the This Morning presenter. Coincidentally, Holly recently went on maternity leave ahead of having her third child.

Holly was a more popular choice with guys than girls, with 14% of male respondents selecting her as their dream mum, compared to 11% of women. Female respondents appear to be after a funny mummy, with Dawn French the top choice of mum for the girls.

Thinking with their stomachs

It seems mealtimes are an important consideration when thinking of moving back home, as the third most popular dream mum and dad respectively were Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. You could definitely expect something a bit better than a ready meal in their households.

Meanwhile, the nation’s maternal figure, the Queen, was named as the fifth most popular celebrity mum. She beat her granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton – but only just (the Queen received 7.2% of the vote while Kate got 6.6%).

Flying the nest

While picking out your dream mum and dad from a list of the rich and famous is fun, for many young people moving back in with their parents is very real. According to figures from the ONS, 3.3 million people aged between 18 and 34 live with their parents.

A separate survey** carried out for us revealed that half of young people living at home are doing so because they cannot afford to rent or buy. However, by not paying rent, council tax, utility bills and other living costs like food, they could find they’re saving a bundle. By carefully budgeting and putting the money they save aside, these Brits may be able to fly the nest sooner than they think.

*OnePoll questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 12th August and 23rd August 2014, of whom 630 were Scottish.

**OnePoll questioned 1,000 adults aged 18 and over between 8th August and 14th August 2014. 500 respondents were aged between 18 and 34 and living with their parents. 500 respondents were aged 18 and over and had children aged 18 to 34 living at home with them.