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Cowell makes it into new Who's Who

X Factor judge Simon Cowell is among the new entries in the latest edition of Who's Who.

More than 1,000 notable people are included in the 163rd version of the society tome for the first time, including all 232 new MPs.

Music executive Cowell uses his entry to admit that as well as Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle, he was responsible for giving Robson and Jerome a record deal.

Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting producer Danny Boyle, who is artistic director of the London Olympics opening ceremony, also gets a nod. Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon and fashion designer Matthew Williamson are mentioned too.

In the world of sport, Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins and Philip Lane, chief executive officer of the British Paralympic Association, are included.

The 2011 Who's Who has the highest proportion of female new names ever, with 234 included for the first time. They include newsreader Julie Etchingham and associate film producer Emma Freud, who says her favourite pastimes are "Lego, colouring in".

Other unusual recreations listed by the entrants include "being grumpy", cited by barrister Paul Hynes QC, and those given by children's author Philip Ardagh. He says he enjoys: "General beard maintenance, ducking through doorways, visiting historical and archaeological sites, Sherlock Holmes".

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who starred in ITV drama Downton Abbey, reveals in his entry that his favourite hobbies are "getting cross about health and safety".

The average age of new entrants is just under 50. The oldest of them is cookery writer and broadcaster Marguerite Patten, who has recently celebrated her 95th birthday.

Who's Who, which has more than 33,000 entrants, goes on sale today and costs £200. A print and online edition costs £295.

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