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Clash of the titans: Mr Darcy versus DS Turner

25 Mar 2009

There’s only six days left for you to vote in the battle for top celebrity doodler of 2009.

http://www.nationaldoodleday.org.ukAs part of National Doodle Day 2009, people in the UK can vote for their favourite celebrity doodler by text message. With each text, you’ll be raising money for Epilepsy Action and our partner charity the Neurofibromatosis Association. Since the very first National Doodle Day in 2004, over £120,000 has been raised to help support the work of the two charities.

In the text message voting, it was pretty much neck-and-neck for a while between Doug Rao (DS Stuart Turner in The Bill) and Matthew Macfadyen (Mr Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, opposite Keira Knightley). But then a flurry of votes from fans of Doug’s doodle have given him a bit of a lead.

But will it stay this way? Will Matthew’s fan come back and push their hero to the top of the chart? Will Doug’s fans keep him in the lead until the end of the text vote next Tuesday (31st)? Or, spectacularly, will fans of one of the other doodlers push their favourite into pole position?

Choose your favourite from the 2009 celebrity doodle thumbnail gallery, click through to the large version, and there you will find full details on how to vote.

And keep an eye on the leaderboard to see how the vote progresses.

Updated 1 April:  Congratulations to Doug Rao, who won by one single vote in front ot Matthew Macfayden. We'll be making arrangements to present Doug with the fabulous unique hand-made sculpture.

With every text you sent, you were raising money for National Doodle Day, so thanks for taking part.

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