The new 'The Crown' star takes the top spot of Radio Times' TV 100 power list which ranks the most influential stars in the U.K. industry.

AceShowbiz - The Crown star Olivia Colman has beaten the likes of Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch to the top of the Radio Times' TV 100 power list.

Each year, editors at the British TV and radio listings publication compile a list of the most influential stars in the U.K. industry - and Olivia, who is set to take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy in the hit Netflix series, has taken top spot.

The 44-year-old actress, whose other recent small screen hits include the crime thriller Broadchurch, the black comedy Flowers and lavish spy drama The Night Manager, beat incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, who came in second place.

Praising Olivia, Susanna Lazarus, Associate Editor at, said: "At a time of rapid change in the way we watch TV, how appropriate that our list is topped by a brilliant performer who has starred in some of the biggest broadcast shows of recent times and is soon to become the queen of on-demand as the lead in Netflix's The Crown."

Third are Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, the brother and sister duo behind This Country, an acclaimed mockumentary set in the English countryside. TV presenter Declan Donnelly, now without his longtime hosting partner Ant McPartlin, who has taken a break from TV to battle his personal demons, is fourth, just ahead of Idris in fifth.

Others who made the top ten include Sherlock star Benedict, beloved nature documentarian Sir David Attenborough, and Hugh Grant, who made a triumphant return to TV drama this year after more than two decades by playing disgraced former U.K. Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal.

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