Learn about our celebrity supporters and how they help us improve lives for children
They've boycotted their beds and spent nights sleeping in usual places. They've modelled t-shirts supporting our Christmas campaigns. They've even jumped out of planes for us.
Our amazing celebrity family support us in a huge number of ways. They speak out on important issues and help us get the support we need from the public to make an impact with our work.
These celebrities are fully integrated in all of our campaigns and have historical knowledge of the work of Action for Children.
Angela Rippon CBE
Angela is a renowned Broadcaster, journalist, and TV presenter and has been an ambassador since 1989. Over the years, Angela has supported Action for Children in numerous ways, from hosting events, visiting our services, donating auction prizes, and shining a light on our campaigns in the media. Most recently, Angela was the host of our prestigious Stephenson Awards 2023.
Anthea is a television presenter and author. She has supported Action for Children for many years by hosting a variety of events, fundraising throughout the year, and supporting our annual Secret Santa campaign. She has also supported many of our corporate partnerships to help raise awareness and funds for Action for Children.
Dermot is a News Broadcaster and presenter, and currently anchors SKY News. Dermot has been an ambassador since 2002 and is a passionate supporter of our work. He regularly hosts events, awards ceremonies, and has campaigned to raise awareness of our services and appeals.
Emily is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, radio presenter, podcast host, and ex-BBC Newsnight anchor. She is an ardent supporter of our work and since becoming an ambassador in 2010, Emily has hosted numerous events, visited services, and regularly participates in interviews to highlight the important work we do to support vulnerable families.
Fatima Whitbread MBE
Fatima is a former Olympian and javelin world record holder who spent the first few years of her life in children’s care homes. Fatima has supported Action for Children since 2022 and became an official ambassador in 2023 for her dedication to fundraising, visiting services, and advocating our work in the media. Read her blog
Jenny Agutter OBE
Jenny is an award-winning actor and has been an ambassador since 2008. She has offered immeasurable support over the years, from hosting events, offering auction prizes, and championing our campaigns in countless radio, press, and broadcast interviews.
Perhaps most notably, Jenny has slept out at almost every Byte Night event (now Boycott Your Bed) since it launched in 1998.
Jessica is an award-winning actor, writer, and director. She has been an Action for Children ambassador since 2009. Jessica supports our work by hosting events, participating in interviews, and appearing on numerous TV shows to discuss our campaigns and events.
Jessica has also abseiled, completed a skydive, and slept out at our Boycott Your Bed event several times to raise awareness and funds for Action for Children.
Larry is an actor and radio presenter and has been an ambassador since 2017. He has been a hugely active supporter, from appearing on TV shows to discuss various campaigns and appeals to supporting corporate pitches.
Examples of Larry's support include Secret Santa campaigns, participating in Byte Night/Boycott Your Bed, and taking part in press and broadcast interviews. Most recently, Larry has fronted our TV advertisement. See more here
Mary is a TV news journalist, broadcaster, and presenter. She has anchored ITN’s Evening News since 2001 and is a vocal ambassador for our work. Since becoming an ambassador in 2002, Mary has hosted numerous events, awards ceremonies, and generously donated auction prizes to support our fundraising efforts.
Michael is a veteran broadcaster, journalist, and TV presenter, and has been an ambassador since 2008. In his time supporting Action for Children, Michael has supported the charity in so many ways by appearing on TV shows such as Celebrity Mastermind (which he won!), hosting events and awards ceremonies, supporting corporate partnerships, attending Parliamentary receptions, and visiting our services.
Ronnie is an antiques expert and Antiques Roadshow presenter. He was in the care of Action for Children, previously known as National Children’s Home, between 1950 and 1955. Ronnie has tirelessly supported Action for Children by visiting our services, hosting events, and championing our work in numerous radio, press, and broadcast interviews. See more here.
Sharon is an actor, writer, director and producer. She consistently supports our integrated national campaigns and annual events such as Secret Santa and Boycott Your Bed. She has also supported many of our crisis appeals, including our Coronavirus appeal in 2020. Sharon regularly advocates our work by supporting our consumer PR activities. See more here.
Shirley Anne Field
Shirley is a film and television actor and was brought up in an Action for Children home. Since becoming an ambassador in 1993, she has supported the charity by attending and hosting many events. Shirley Anne appeared on Celebrity Cash in The Attic in which she spoke movingly about her involvement with Action for Children and her experiences of Edgworth Children’s Home.
Sian is a TV weather presenter and has supported us since the early ‘90s. Over the years, Sian has done so much to support our work, by visiting many services, participating in our campaigns, and attending various events. She appeared on Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and generously donated the money raised from her appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to Action for Children.
These celebrities have supported us on various campaigns in the past and the present.
Dr Ranj Singh (TV presenter, author and columnist), Olivia & Alex Bowen (TV personalities, influencers, Love Island alumni and parents), Nadia Sawalha (TV presenter, actor, tv chef and vlogger), Anna Whitehouse (Journalist, blogger, Flex Appeal Campaigner and mum of two), Lydia Bright (TV personality, influencer and mum. Read Lydia’s blog here.), Olivia Cox (TV and Radio presenter and influencer), Ali Bastian (Actor and mum of two), Anna Williamson (TV and Radio presenter, author, podcaster and mum), Kelvin & Liz Fletcher (Actors, fledgling farmers and busy parents of four children), Neil Morrissey (Actor. See more here), Angellica Bell (TV presenter, author and Celebrity MasterChef victor), Laura Hamilton (TV presenter and mum of two), Ore Oduba (TV & Radio presenter, actor and dad of two), Ranvir Singh (TV presenter, journalist and mum), Alex Jones (TV presenter and mum. See more here), Chris Bavin (Food expert, TV presenter, cookbook author and dad of three), Pixie Lott (Singer - songwriter), Louise Boyce (Fashion model, content creator, podcaster and mum of three), Dame Joanna Lumley DBE (Actress, author, activist and presenter), Dame Arlene Phillips DBE (Choreographer and theatre director), Sophie & Jamie Hinchliffe - Mrs & Mr Hinch (Influencers, authors and parents of two), Jake Quickenden (Singer, television personality and dad), Stacey Solomon (Singer, presenter, influencer and mum of five. See more here), Joe Swash (Actor, television presenter and dad of four), Dynamo (Magician), Una Healy (Singer, TV presenter and mum. See more here), Liam Gallagher (Singer-songwriter. See more here), Andy Day (Children’s television presenter).