David Attenborough, Pippa and Mario Balotelli make Tatler list

Oct 30, 2012

Veteran broadcaster and bad boy footballer among names in this year’s Little Black Book

VETERAN naturalist David Attenborough may not appear to have much in common with Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli or Conservative MP Nadine Dorries but all three make it into the pages of Tatler's Little Black Book list, due to be published on Thursday.

According to The Daily Telegraph the 86-year-old broadcaster has been selected as one of the most eligible men in the country and has made it onto Tatler's exclusive list as a result.

Apparently, in the entry for Attenborough, the glossy magazine asks: "Never looked forward to a Sunday night in just to be lulled by David's dulcet tones? Then you don't deserve to be called an Englishwoman."

The broadcaster, who marked 60 years in the business this year, was married to Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel for 47 years until her death in 1997.

Also among the contingent of over-50s on the list, an innovation apparently introduced by editor Kate Reardon when she took over at the magazine last year, is the renegade Tory MP Nadine Dorries. "Her feisty style might not go down well in Westminster but it would definitely make for a firecracker relationship," says her entry.

Many of the other names contained in the 'Black Book' are rather more predictable. Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton both appear as does Harry's ex, Chelsy Davy.

The male section features the usual array of oddly-named aristocrats, as well as musicians (Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah), sportsmen (Tom Daley, Balotelli) and actors (Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba).

Pippa is not the only one on the list who can give advice on culinary matters. The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins is also included.

Rubbing shoulders with them are plenty of well-born models. Edie Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Amber Le Bon all feature.

Not everyone regards the list as worthwhile. Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker once described it as "the ultimate in self-celebratory nothingness... an entire alternate dimension of shit."

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