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Campaigners call for Ainsley Harriott’s face on £20 note

ON THE MONEY: Ainsley Harriott

A CAMPAIGN calling for celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott to be the new face of the £20 note has gathered the backing of more than 3000 people in an online petition.

The 58-year-old TV star has been put forward by campaign organiser Jordan Harris and backed by a further 3351 people who share the same sentiment that he should replace Adam Smith - a philosopher and founder of the free-market economy – as the emblem of the note.

Smith is due to be replaced on the note and the Bank of England is looking for British artists of significance who have worked impacted the visual art industry.

"Ainsley Harriott is an oily god, it is only right he gets his glory on the £20 note," the petition's simple mission statement reads on

Harriott, who is best known for his role on ITV’s Ready Steady Cook is famed for his ability to prepare a meal with limited ingredients and in short space of time.

However, as a prerequisite, the winning artist must be dead and non-fictional which means that the beloved TV chef does not fit the criteria.

Documentary maker Richard Attenborough and 18th century artist William Hogarth are among the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Smith - as well as the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

The new banknote is expected in early 2016, and the Bank of England will invite the public to suggest people to replace Smith up until July 16.

A decision will be made by a committee of Bank officials and art experts early next year.

The news follows reports that abolitionist Harriet Tubman could be the first woman to appear on America's $20 note.

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