Sean Connery voted Scotland’s ‘greatest living national treasure’


A new poll commissioned to celebrate “Millionaires Month” has named Sean Connery as Scotland’s “greatest living national treasure”.

4,000 people were polled and asked who they would vote for as the “greatest national living treasure” best representing Scotland to feature on banknotes produced for Christmas.

Fifty winners across the UK are guaranteed to each collect £1 million between November 25 and December 23.

Connery beat celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Billy Connolly and Sir Chris Hoy to top the EuroMillions ‘Millionaire Raffle’ national treasures report.

Survey respondents chose from a shortlist of “living luminaries”, Sean Connery won more than 20% of the Scottish vote and Sir Alex Ferguson came second on 15%. The top female was Lorraine Kelly.

The former James Bond will see his face on a bespoke £1 million “banknote”.

A EuroMillions spokesman said: “Sir Sean Connery rightfully holds a place in the nation’s hearts and is considered one of the greatest actors of all time, as well as being considered to be our greatest living Scottish treasure.

“Even though the £1 million pound note is not in circulation, it seems that the Scottish public already know exactly who they would want to be the face of it.

“With 50 new millionaires being made overnight before Christmas it would make life much easier if we could just hold a stock of notes adorned with Sir Sean Connery’s image.”

Sir David Attenborough was chosen as the UK’s greatest living treasure, with 24% of the votes, followed by Stephen Fry and then Sir Sean.