A SURVEY commissioned by Edam cheese has identified the top five cheesiest celebrities in Britain, with Shane Richie, star of SKY One’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics, coming top of the wedge.

Leading the poll after Richie is John Barrowman, Graham Norton, Dale Winton, Bruce Forsyth and Carole Smillie - proving the British public are simply captivated by a bit of cheese.

We claim to hate them, but in reality we just cannot get enough with each evening’s TV featuring one of our favourites.

Richie began his career as a Bluecoat at Pontins, where he called the bingo and even organised some donkey derbys – going on to make his TV debut on the BBC sketch show You Gotta Be Jokin’ in 1991.

He went on to become a household name on TV and stage, appearing as the lead in the stage hit of Grease and eventually as Alfie Moon in hit soap, EastEnders.

The game show, Don’t Forget the Lyrics is a current SKY One hit, where contestants attempt to win £250,000 by singing the missing lyrics from 10 songs.

Edam cheese carried out the survey.

Top ten cheesiest celebrities

1. Shane Richie

2. John Barrowman

3. Graham Norton

4. Dale Winton

5. Bruce Forsyth

6. Carole Smillie

7. Noel Edmonds

8. Richard Madeley

9. Pat Sharpe

10. Judy Finnegan