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Queen Elizabeth II: Is there a stronger candidate for Brit of 2012? Britain mobilized behind their 86-year-old monarch to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. And her appearance as a Bond girl in the Olympics opening ceremony only heightened her cool factor. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Gallery: The Brits Who Defined 2012

Queen Elizabeth II: Is there a stronger candidate for Brit of 2012? Britain mobilized behind their 86-year-old monarch to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. And her appearance as a Bond girl in the Olympics opening ceremony only heightened her cool factor. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, Bond’s 50th anniversary, and Doctor Who putting all eyes on the UK in the past twelve months, who were the British celebrities who made 2012 the remarkable year that was? Click on any of the photos below to launch our gallery.

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By staff