Beyonce is the most searched for female star on Google in the UK this year.

The 'XO' singer has come under the spotlight over the last 12 months, with rumours suggesting that her marriage to hip-hop superstar Jay Z was on the rocks after he was seen clashing with Solange Knowles - Beyonce's younger sister - in an elevator.

Video footage of the incident appeared on the internet and prompted speculation that their six-year marriage was in trouble.

What's more, the 33-year-old beauty released a full platinum edition of her fifth studio album 'Beyonce', while she and Jay Z also embarked on their 'On The Run' tour.

Elsewhere, 'Hunger Games' actress Jennifer Lawrence was the second most searched for female on Google, having been among the victims of the photo hacking scandal earlier this year.

Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift completed the top five.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran topped the list of male celebrities, with Jay Z having to settle for second place.

One Direction singer Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham appeared in third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

Most searched for female stars on Google:

1) Beyonce

2) Jennifer Lawrence

3) Katy Perry

4) Ariana Grande

5) Taylor Swift

Most searched for male stars on Google:

1) Ed Sheeran

2) Jay Z

3) Harry Styles

4) Benedict Cumberbatch

5) David Beckham