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By eck Gromit, you're a hero; Plasticine pair top inspiration poll.

Byline: By Karen Bale

WALLACE and Gromit have topped a poll to find the most inspirational figures in the creative arts world.

The Plasticine creations were the surprise choice in a survey of 16 to 25-year-olds.

They beat all-comers, including the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Pete Doherty and Kate Moss.

The adventures of Wallace and Gromit have scooped three Oscars for creator Nick Park and their latest caper, The Curse Of The Were- Rabbit, was a box office hit.

Park said of the poll result: "This is great news. We've never made the Wallace and Gromit films for a specific audience, so it's extremely rewarding to all of us that the films inspire this particular age group."

The survey was commissioned by the Noise arts and media festival in association with MSN Spaces.

They asked 4500 16 to 25-year-olds who or what inspired them in the creative arts.

Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys came second, followed by cartoon band Gorillaz. In fourth place was "society" as a whole.

JK Rowling's schoolboy wizard Harry Potter was fifth, ahead of Coldplay's Chris Martin, singer KT Tunstall and actress Keira Knightley.

Big Brother and David Beckham completed the top 10.

The top 25 included artist Damien Hirst, rapper Dizzee Rascal, supermodel Kate Moss and her on - off boyfriend, drug-addled singer Pete Doherty.

Big Brother lovebirds Chantelle and Preston also made an appearance - chosen ahead of Tony Blair.

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Date:May 18, 2006
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