Homeland propels Claire Danes into Time 100 list alongside famous fan Barack Obama

British names featured include Adele, the Middleton sisters and Tilda Swinton - but no Benedict Cumberbatch

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Actress Claire Danes, known to viewers of Homeland as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, has been included on Time magazine’s prestigious 100 List, which was announced today.

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Danes’s gripping portrayal of the bipolar intelligence gatherer – who suspects a freed American hostage of having been “turned” by al-Qaeda – wowed audiences in America (where Homeland has already finished airing) and is currently doing the same in the UK where Channel 4 has three episodes of the political thriller left to show. 

US President Barack Obama, who recently named Homeland among his favourite TV shows, is also on the annual list, made up of Time editors’ choices of “the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world…. the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons”.

British names are few and far between but include multi-Grammy- and Brit Award-winning singer/songwriter Adele and actress Tilda Swinton, with the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, and her sister, Pippa, included as one entry and described as “avatars of aspiration” for British women.

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Meanwhile, fans of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will be sad to discover that he did not make the list, despite coming seventh in a poll that let the public choose one name for inclusion.