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Mrs. Doubtfire tops list of fictional characters parents would most like to look after their children

An online networking platform for parents, childcare providers and schools has revealed which fictional characters parents would want to look after their children. surveyed its user base of more than 1.2 million parents nationally and, taking the first 2,000 respondents’ answers, discovered that Mrs. Doubtfire is the most popular choice, with more than two fifths (44%) opting for Robin Williams’ iconic character. More than a third (35%) picked Mary Poppins as their preferred choice from the multiple answer question ‘which of the following fictional characters would you prefer to look after your children?’. Just more than a fifth (23%) stated Nanny McPhee.

The top ten most popular fictional characters ranked are:

1. Mrs. Doubtfire – 44%
2. Mary Poppins – 35%
3. Nanny McPhee – 23%
4. Anna Leonowens (The King & I) – 18%
5. Maria Rainer (The Sound of Music) – 15%
6. Aibileen Clark (The Help) – 15%
7. Chessy (The Parent Trap) – 13%
8. Charlie Hilton (Daddy Daycare) – 6%
9. Shane Wolfe (The Pacifier) – 5%
10. Nana (Peter Pan) – 4% also asked parents to ask their children which fictional characters they’d like to be looked after. The top ten most popular fictional characters picked by children are:

1. Cat in the Hat – 32%
2. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King) – 27%
3. Baloo (The Jungle Book) – 22%
4. Optimus Prime (Transformers) – 17%
5. Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc) – 14%
6. Miss Honey (Matilda) – 11%
7. Nana (Peter Pan) – 9%
8. Woody (Toy Story) – 7%
9. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter) – 5%
10. Mary Poppins – 5%

Richard Conway, CEO and founder of said,

“Childcare has always been at the forefront of cinema and literature, with nannies or similar the main protagonist of many iconic stories. From Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire, to Baloo and the Cat in the Hat, these great characters tell the wonderful story of caring for children.

“With that in mind we wanted to find out which fictional characters parents would most like to care for their children, in addition to which characters their children would prefer. There’s some crossover however you can see that the children’s choices are more fun than and not as responsible as parents might like!”

To see the full list of 15 most popular fictional characters picked by parents visit

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