A card from Captain Sir Tom of Bedford among the nation's top fantasy Christmas card senders

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Our NHS hero has beaten the likes of Becks and Macca

Some of the coronavirus pandemic’s most notable heroes, including our very own Sir Captain Tom Moore, are among the nation’s top choices for fantasy celebrity Christmas card senders, according to new research from Royal Mail.

The study also revealed a penchant for the nation’s silver-haired sirens. More mature national treasures, including Sir David Attenborough, Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Paul McCartney featured heavily in the lists for both ladies and gentlemen.

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But chart toppers Ed Sheeran and Adele also proved to be very popular, as did Holly Willoughby and Susanna Reid.

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And while Captain Sir Tom, of Marston Moretaine, couldn't knock Sir David Attenborough or actor Tom Hardy off the top spot, he did come in third place, beating the likes Ed Sheeran, David Beckham and Sir Paul McCartney.