We like to play a game here at Stylist. It’s called (for lack of a snappier title) “If you had to replace any member of your family with a celebrity, who would it be?” It passes the time on a slow afternoon, and reveals all sorts of interesting characteristics about our co-workers. So we thought we’d play the fantasy family game with you. If you could choose any celebrity to be your Dad – who would it be? The Stylist team would choose these rather sterling specimens of fatherhood.
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"He has an inspiring career, sharp wit and just a generally cuddlesome character. My celebrity dad needs to be cuddly; it's law"
- Susan Riley, Deputy Editor
"I'd go for Jon Snow because: He's got good morals. He's intelligent. He's funny. He'd be supportive. He wears great socks. He told the producers of Channel 4 that he wouldn't have a stylist, so they have to change the sets to match his ties and socks (allegedly)"
- Mollie McGuigan, Deputy Editor for Emerald Street
"For The Bill Cosby Dance, his sandwiches, his sweaters, his talks with all of the kids and his marriage - and he went to my high school!"
- Jamie Klinger, Publishing Manager
"I would choose Brian Eno because he’s super smart and creative and eccentric, but still down to earth. I read his book and he casually mentioned dropping by to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s house and basically just bitched about the fact they still had a metal sofa. He would ask you really odd things over breakfast and take your childish destined-for-the-fridge art very seriously. You could never shock him"
- Anna Fielding, Editor of stylist.co.uk
"Obama because he’s cool without being (too) cringy, firm but fair attitude, and I think he’d be a good listener when you had a problem. Plus, Michelle would be my mum!"
- Sharon Forrester, Stylist contributor
The team universally agreed your life would be like a Wes Anderson movie with Bill Murray as your Dad.
Sandy Cohen (aka Peter Gallagher)
"Sandy from The OC – aka Peter Gallagher. He’s always eating beigels and giving out great advice. Plus he could get you out of jail if you needed him too, which is always nice"
- Amy Grier, Features Writer
"Tom Selleck because he was the best of the three 'dads' in Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady. Also, his moustache makes him trustworthy and reliable"
- Christina Quaine, Stylist contributor
"He'd make an excellent Uncle (see Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey) but imagine Rob Brydon as your Dad - Steve Coogan would come over all the time, he'd make excellent jokes at your wedding, and this picture of him in a beanie hat alone is enough to convince me he's fantasy father material"
- Lauren Smith, Online Editorial Assistant
Sir Paul Smith
"It would be Sir Paul Smith for me - he's amazing, a total inspiration and amazing work ethic and so charming!"
- Kitty McGee, Executive Fashion Editor
"Do I need to explain why? He’s AMAZING"
- Debbie McQuoid, Entertainment Editor
"So I could fly anywhere in the world in style"
- Jeannine Escobar, Stylist contributor
"I love Jeff because 1) Because he has a cool last name and 2) He was in Jurassic Park and The Fly"
- Elinor Block, editorial assistant at shortlist.com
According to actress Emma Thompson Dustin "is a wonderful father — his children are his life". He also plays a pleasingly eccentric but amiable Dad in Meet The Fockers. And he has kind eyes.
We love Billy because he's very jovial, tall enough to intimidate nasty ex-boyfriends, and he's got slightly mad Dad facial hair.