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David Bowie Named Britain's Most Influential Artist of Last 50 Years

David Bowie performs in 1987. 

David Bowie performs in 1987. 

Photographer: Ebet Roberts/Getty Images

David Bowie has been named Britain's most influential artist of the last 50 years for his ability to transcend music, film and fashion.

The Starman musician topped the Sky Arts list of 50 influential artists ahead of 12 Years A Slave Oscar-winning filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen and It's A Sin writer Russell T Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005.