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Rolling Stone Keith Richards wins GQ Writer of the Year award, biopic treatment in the works

The problem, he said, will be finding an actor who can portray him on screen.

“There are feelers out at the minute [but] I’m in no rush right at the moment. Also, how are they going to find me? The idea of a succession of Keith Richards coming down is horrifying,” he said.
The award was presented by Johnny Depp, who would be the frontrunner to play Richards in any biopic. Depp famously used the Stones guitarist as inspiration for his Captain Jack Sparrow character in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Richards’ autobiography won high praise when it was first published last year. It recounts his debauched adventures in rock’n’roll.
Richards was among the famous faces who attended the awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House.

George Osborne received the Politician of the Year award but avoided a potentially awkward encounter. Peter Mandelson was due to hand out the prize but Mr Osborne’s office refused to allow it, sourced said. Dylan Jones, GQ’s editor, stepped in as a last-minute replacement.

Hugh Laurie was named Musician of the Year for his new sideline as a blues artist. Other winners included golfer Rory McIlroy as Sportsman of the Year, Rob Brydon as Comedian of the Year, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch as Actor of the Year, Professor Brian Cox as TV Personality of the Year and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as Most Stylish Man of the Year.
Special awards went to Bill Nighy, Sir Trevor Nunn and Olympics 2012 chief Lord Coe.

Woman of the Year was Lara Stone, the model. Other women who attended the ceremony included Emma Watson, who was there to present an award to photographer Mario Testino.

Full list of GQ Men of the Year winners:
Comedian – Rob Brydon
Solo Artist – Tinie Tempah
Chef – Heston Blumenthal
Politician – George Osborne
Most Stylish Man – Matt Smith
Sportsman – Rory McIlroy
Designer – Tommy Hilfiger
Woman of the Year – Lara Stone
Actor of the Year – Benedict Cumberbatch
Musician of the Year – Hugh Laurie
TV Personality – Brian Cox
Inspiration – Mario Testino
Editor’s Special – Bill Nighy
Lifetime Achievement – Duran Duran
Man of Next Year Surprise Award – Lord Coe
Alfred Dunhill Cultural Icon –Sir Trevor Nunn
International Man of the Year – Bradley Cooper
Band of the Year – U2
Writer of the Year – Keith Richards
The Armed Forces Special Award was shared by a number of ex-servicement who have been assisted by Help for Heroes.