Comedian Peter Kay has been voted the nations dream bingo caller

Peter Kay has beaten Brian Blessed and The Queen – to be voted the nation's dream bingo caller.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults also found Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley were among top picks for a night of calling.

But Donald Trump, followed by Boris Johnson, are the two people players would least like to find calling the numbers when turning up at a bingo hall for an evening's entertainment.

The most important characteristic for a bingo caller is a very clear and well enunciated voice, followed by good humour, the ability to cut through all the noise, and a smooth voice.

When it comes to the accent, Brits would favour the caller to be a Geordie or a Cockney.

But popular Premier League managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp wouldn't make the cut, with the Spanish and German accents least favourable.

Despite the Geordie accent being popular, it's also the second hardest to understand, after the Scottish.

A spokesman for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research ahead of the launch of new bingo game “The Vault”, which offers the world’s largest online Bingo Jackpot of £5 million, said: “Bingo is one of Britain’s best-loved pastimes, providing millions of people with entertainment and a good laugh, as well as the chance to win a handsome prize.

“But it takes the right kind of person, with a buoyant voice and personality, to make bingo everything that it should be – and we think the public has got it spot on with Peter Kay.”

While bingo remains popular both online and in halls, 40 percent feel it is time for a shake-up of the terminology used, believing some terms are outdated and should be modernised.

Two fat ladies (88) is the most popular bingo call to be replaced, followed by overweight (28), old age pension (65), dirty gertie (30) and meal for two (69).

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Overall, one in five (19 percent) personally find at least one bingo term offensive, with this figure rising to a staggering 58 percent among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Three-quarters (74 percent) of the 18- to 24-year-old age group would welcome a more “woke” and up-to-date version of bingo terms.

But this is compared to just 19 percent of those aged 65 or older.

And almost half (48 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, consider bingo an activity for old people – and the same figure think it needs to update itself to keep young people interested.

The spokesman for Lottoland added: “Whether it’s the bingo calls of old or modern day mix-ups, it’s clear that bingo is a British institution and that people of all ages have a stake in the game!

“It’s very interesting to see that nearly half of people want to see bingo updated for the younger generation, as that’s something we’re very keen to make happen with Bingo BIG, and we can’t wait to see how the UK responds.”

“The Vault” awards £4M to whoever calls “Bingo”, and a further £1M to all players if someone wins – more information can be found here.

TOP 40 DREAM BINGO CALLERS:

  1. Peter Kay
  2. Brian Blessed
  3. The Queen
  4. Stephen Fry
  5. Joanna Lumley
  6. Morgan Freeman
  7. David Attenborough
  8. Alan Carr
  9. Holly Willoughby
  10. Idris Elba
  11. Tom Hardy
  12. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  13. Boris Johnson
  14. Dawn French
  15. Graham Norton
  16. Nigella Lawson
  17. Barack Obama
  18. Liam Neeson
  19. George Clooney
  20. Rylan Clark-Neal
  21. Beyonce
  22. Harrison Ford
  23. Nicki Minaj
  24. Jack Whitehall
  25. Tom Allen
  26. Joe Lycett
  27. Antonio Banderas
  28. James Corden
  29. Matthew McConaughey
  30. Iain Stirling
  31. Phillip Schofield
  32. Harry Styles
  33. Noel Fielding
  34. Eamonn Holmes
  35. Ru Paul
  36. Billie Eilish
  37. Britney Spears
  38. Kevin Hart
  39. Russell Brand
  40. Gemma Collins

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