London: The UK's wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill has been named the greatest gentleman by Britons in a survey.

The former British Prime Minister, who inspired the nation during the Second World War, topped the poll of 4,000 people while the second-in-line to the English throne, Prince William, secured the fourth place.

Churchill, who died in 1965 aged 90, will be remembered for embodying the strength and spirit of Britain in one of its darkest periods. He roused the public with stirring speeches and broadcasts that gave hope to millions.

Runner-up was Sir David Attenborough, Britain's best-known natural history film-maker, who brought the hidden secrets of the world to living rooms across the country with programmes such as Life, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

Stephen Fry, whose intelligent and amusing contributions to our TV screens and Twitter feeds have made him a national treasure, was in third spot, while football superstar Beckham could only manage ninth place, a newspaper reported.

A spokesman for Austin Reed, which carried out the poll, said: "Sir Winston Churchill showed unprecedented courage and strength to lead this country and is a worthy choice as the greatest British gentleman.

"In fact, Austin Reed made Winston Churchill's famous siren suits during the war. There were plenty of great contenders for the role, and the results are a pleasing reminder of the number of great characters and personalities that inspire the general public.

"It's nice to see modern men in the list such as David Beckham, Jenson Button and David Tennant. They all epitomize effortless style and have a real flair for fashion -- which is an essential trait for any gentleman."