Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain joins the Duchess of Cambridge as one of Britain's top 500 influential people

Nadiya Hussain, the lady who won the hearts of the nation during the last series of the Great British Bake Off and finally scooped the winning crown, has been named among the country's most influential people in 2016.

She was praised for her cooking skills, as well as her "emotional" winner's speech which had Mary Berry in tears, by Debrett's, the publishers of a number of etiquette guides which names the 500 most influential people in the country.

Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain was among the country's most influential people of 2016

Healthy food blogger and cookbook writer Ella Woodward also features on the annual list. Ella, known as Deliciously Ella, was hailed for being "at the vanguard of a new wave of 'clean eating' bloggers, establishing her name as a food and nutrition writer."

Healthy food blogger Ella Woodward, known as Deliciously Ella, was also on the list

The new additions to Britain’s foodie scene join stalwart Jamie Oliver, as well as a host of other famous faces including Simon Cowell and Boris Johnson.

Other newcomers on the list, which is broken down into a number of categories such as art, business, media and politics, include astronaut Tim Peake, music producer Naughty Boy and boxer Anthony Joshua.

The art category featured names such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, while fashion names included Victoria Beckham, the Duchess of Cambridge – who "continues to wield huge fashion influence" – and Cara Delevingne, who "remains one of the most recognisable faces in UK fashion".

Nadiya won the nation's hearts with her funny expressions and great bakes on GBBO

The youngest person on this year's list was Pakistani activist for female education, Malala Yousafzai, while the oldest was Sir David Attenborough.

The list was chosen by a panel of more than 20 experts from different fields including retail, journalism and music.

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