Britain's Got Talent winners — full list of everyone who has won the show

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Can you remember all the Britain's Got Talent winners? (Image credit: ITV / Thames / Syco)

Britain's Got Talent winners have all got one thing in common — they have won the hearts of the nation and cemented their place in the show's hall of fame.

From singers to dance troupes, magicians to comedians, Britain's Got Talent has got it all. And with Britain's Got Talent 2024 now here, who will be the next performer to add to this list?

From the sensationally spectacular to the downright weird, nothing is off-limits in this brilliant reality TV show. 

But who has won the coveted prize money over the years? Here's a list of all the Britain's Got Talent winners... (we also have all the America's Got Talent winners!).

Series 16 (2023) — Winner: Viggo Venn

Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn was crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2023 and had the audience roaring with laughter with his high-vis inspired routine, especially when he made Simon Cowell wear a matching high-vis jacket as rose petals were thrown over them.

The whole audience then stood up in their own high-vis jackets and sang 'One More Time' by Daft Punk in honour of his first audition where he performed to the hit song.

After winning the show, host Dec asked how Viggo felt to have “captured the heart of the nation”, to which he replied: “Not just the heart of Britain, but the heart of Simon.”

Series 15 (2022) — Winner: Axel Blake

Axel Blake crowned 2022 winner of Britain's Got Talent

Axel Blake was crowned 2022 winner of Britain's Got Talent.  (Image credit: ITV)

Comedian Axel Blake beat singer Tom Ball and ventriloquist Jamie Leahey in the Britain's Got Talent 2022 final and was left lost for words after hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly announced his name. 

Axel, who was also Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer choice, couldn't believe he'd scooped the £250,000 prize after delivering a stream of jokes during his incredible final performance which left the judges and the audience at home in tears of laughter. 

Series 14 (2020) — Winner: Jon Courtenay

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Jon Courtenay won the hearts of the nation as he sang about the struggles of 2020 in the final (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Comedic piano player, Jon Courtenay, sang about the highs and lows of living in lockdown in the final, winning the hearts of the nation and earning his place in the Britain's Got Talent winners hall of fame.

From his first audition, Jon wowed the crowds with his hilarious and original composition and became Ant and Dec's Golden Buzzer act, before earning votes from the judges in his semi-final.

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Series 13 (2019) — Winner: Colin Thackery

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89-year-old Colin won the hearts of the nation in 2019 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

There wasn't a dry eye in the country every time 89-year-old Chelsea Pensioner Colin sang his heart out on the Britain's Got Talent stage. After capturing the heart of the nation from his very first performance, Colin went on to win the series in 2019 and scoop the £250,000 prize money. Not only is he the oldest winner of the talent show, but he also released an album called Love Changes Everything, which got to number 13.

Series 12 (2018) — Winner: Lost Voice Guy 

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Comedian Lost Voice Guy left the nation in stitches in 2018 (Picture: Getty)

Stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy had the nation in stitches as he told jokes via a speech synthesizer after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just six months old. The judges couldn't get enough of his hilarious performances and since then Lost Voice Guy, whose real name is Lee Ridley, went on to write and star in Radio 4 sitcom, Ability.

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Series 11 (2017) — Winner: Tokio Myers 

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Pianist Tokio wowed the crowds with his infectious music (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via)

Pianist Tokio left the judges speechless when he performed his first audition in 2017. The super-talented musician not only plays the piano beautifully, but he adds his own twist, leaving all eyes on him. Since winning Britain's Got Talent, Tokio released an album called Our Generation which got to number 4 in the charts.

Series 10 (2016) — Winner: Richard Jones 

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Richard Jones kept people on the edge of their seats with his magic tricks (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: LightRocket via Getty Images)

Richard became the first ever magician to win Britain's Got Talent, beating singer Wayne Woodward and Stormtrooper dance act Boogie Storm in the final. He went on to have his own one-off show on ITV called Operation Magic, and he now tours the UK with his magic shows.

Series 9 (2015) — Winner: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse 

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Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse won the hearts of the nation in 2015 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: David M. Benett)

The 2015 final saw Jules O'Dwyer pretend to be a policewoman while Matisse was a sausage thief. Part of the act saw Matisse apparently walk a tightrope and the pair won the coveted prize money. However, controversy soon followed when it was revealed that the dog walking the tightrope wasn't in fact Matisse and was actually another dog called Chase. Viewers complained to Ofcom and it was decided that viewers had been misled.

Series 8 (2014) — Winner: Collabro 

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Boyband Collabro won in 2014 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Boyband Collabro became the first ever singing group to win Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and since their win they've gone on to have huge success. The debut album, Stars, went straight to number one run the UK, and their second album, Act 2, went in a number 2 in the album chart. Since then they have released three more albums which have all been well received.

Series 7 (2013) — Winner: Attraction 

Hungarian shadow theatre group attraction beat young comedian Jack Carroll in the 2013 live final with their tribute to Britain. Week after week the group gained a standing ovation for their moving performances... often leaving Britain's Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden, in tears.

Series 6 (2012) — Winner: Ashleigh and Pudsey 

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The nation fell in love with Ashleigh and Pudsey in 2012. (Image credit: Getty)

Simon Cowell has never made any secret of the fact acts involving animals are his favorite, so imagine his delight when Ashleigh and her canine friend Pudsey won the completion in 2012. Following their win Pudsey even went on to star in his own film called Pudsey the Dog: The Movie... in which Britain's Got Talent judge, David Walliams, provided his voice.

Series 5 (2011) — Winner: Jai McDowall 

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Jai McDowall wowed the audience with his incredible voice (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Throughout the whole of series five, everyone's money was on singer Ronan Parke to take home the Britain's Got Talent crown. But it wasn't until the live final that Scottish singer Jai McDowell shocked the nation with his rendition of "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence and won by public vote.

Series 4 (2010) — Winner: Spelbound 

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Gymnastics troupe Spelbound won in 2010. (Image credit: Getty)

Gymnastics troupe Spelbound landed themselves a tidy £100,000 when they won Britain's Got Talent in 2010. The team then went on to not only perform at the Royal Variety Performance, but they also appeared in the Britain's Got Talent Live Tour and even the closing ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics.

Series 3 (2009) — Winner: Diversity 

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Diversity wowed the nation in 2009 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

2009 was a huge year for Britain's Got Talent. Not only did dance group Diversity win the coveted first place, but this was also the year that brought us Susan Boyle. Susan left the nation speechless with her version of "I Dreamed a Dream", and she became a superstar overnight. But it was Diversity that just pipped her to the post in the final. Ashley Banjo has since appeared on the Dancing On Ice judging panel, while Perri Kiely has had success on shows like Splash and a celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off.

Series 2 (2008) — Winner: George Sampson 

George Sampson signs copies of his DVD and CD for fans in HMV

Dancer George became a huge star in 2008. (Image credit: Getty)

Breakdancer George wowed both the nation and judges with his amazing performance to Mint Royale's remix of the classic song "Singin' in the Rain". In fact, the UK loved George so much that the song itself re-entered the UK charts and got to number 1. Since his time on the reality TV show George has gone into acting, landing roles in Waterloo Road and Emmerdale.

Series 1 (2007) — Winner: Paul Potts

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Singer Paul Potts was the first ever winner of Britain's got Talent (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Over two million people voted for singer Paul to be crowned the very first winner of Britain's Got Talent in 2007. Since his victory, Paul has gone on to carve a career out of singing, while a film about his life was made called One Chance, starring none other than James Corden in 2013.

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