Star Wars: New UK poll reveals favorite movies and characters from Britain’s franchise

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May 4th has arrived, making Star Wars Day as fans around the world celebrate the beloved franchise. Nearly 50 years since the first movie was released, there are still debates about which movies and characters are the very best. And now a new UK poll has revealed Britain’s favorites.

Showcase cinemas polled 2,000 Britons and found that nearly a quarter chose Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as their favorite Star Wars movie of the nine major ones.

While a similar percentage was polled in favor of Harrison Ford’s smuggler Han Solo as the best character.

Interestingly, the Top 10 Favorite Characters do not feature sequel trilogy leads, with both Rey and Finn lagging behind in the Top 10 with only 4 and 3 percent of the vote.

Here are both lists for the UK’s favorite Star Wars movies and characters:

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Star Wars: New UK poll reveals the UK’s franchise’s favorite movies and characters (Image: LUCASFILM)

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The Empire Strikes Back and Han Solo are the UK’s favorite Star Wars movie and character (Image: LUCASFILM / GETTY)

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Britain’s Favorite Star Wars Movies

1. The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) – 23%
2. Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) – 18%
3. A New Hope (Episode IV) – 16%
4. The Force Awakens (Episode VII) – 9.3%
5. The Phantom Menace (Episode I) – 9.1%
6. Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) – 7.2%
7. The Last Jedi (Episode VIII) – 7%
8. The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX) – 6%
9. Attack of the Clones (Episode II) – 5%

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The Star Wars Skywalker Saga (Image: LUCASFILM)

Britain’s 10 Favorite Star Wars Characters

1. Han Solo – 22%
2. Luke Skywalker – 16%
3. Chewbacca – 15%
4. Yoda – 13.2%
5. R2-D2 -13%
6. Princess Leia – 11%
7. Obi-Wan Kenobi – 10.4%
8. Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker – 10.1%
9. C-3PO – 9%
10. Jabba The Hut – 5%

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Looking at the UK’s favorite Star Wars movies, it was no surprise to see the original trilogy at the top.

However, if prequels The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith are higher than sequels The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, this will prove to be controversial.

After all, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has divided Star Wars fans since its release in 2017.

While the poll also found that Darth Vader’s “No, I’m your dad” line from The Empire Strikes Back has been hailed as one of the greatest big screen movie moments of all time.

Speaking of the survey, Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas, said: “The Star Wars films are widely recognized as one of the most popular movie franchises of all time.

“We were thrilled to discover movie fans’ favorite Star Wars moments and characters and we can’t wait to welcome moviegoers back to our cinemas later this month to enjoy blockbusters as they were intended – on the big screen.

“We look forward to reopening our doors on May 17, with all of our cinemas using the Be Showcase Safe program we successfully launched last year.”

The next Star Wars movie to be released will be Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, which will hit theaters on Christmas 2023.

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