Celebrity ambassadors

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.

Jenny Agutter OBE

British stage and screen actor Jenny Agutter is a national treasure. She is known and loved for roles in The Railway Children, Logan's Run and Call The Midwife.

Jenny has visited our projects, and has hosted and delivered speeches at fundraising events. She has slept out at almost every Byte Night event (now Boycott Your Bed) since it launched in 1998.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

Knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism, Sir Trevor McDonald has been our Ambassador since 1993. He has attended events, filmed messages of support, and promotes our work in the press.

Larry Lamb

Larry Lamb is an actor and radio presenter. He’s especially well known for his roles in EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey.

Larry is a long-term supporter of Action for Children. He appeared in our hard-hitting TV advert about child neglect in 2017. And he's a vocal supporter of our campaigns on social media.

Michael Buerk

Michael Buerk is one of Britain’s most acclaimed journalists and newsreaders. His BBC news reports from Ethiopia inspired Sir Bob Geldof to create Band Aid and then Live Aid.

Michael has supported us since 1999 and became an Ambassador in 2008. Over the years, Michael has hosted awards ceremonies and fundraising events, and supported our neglect campaign.

Jessica Hynes

Jessica is an award-winning writer and actor, and is equally at home on film, TV and stage. She’s known and loved for roles in Spaced, The Royle Family, Twenty Twelve and Years and Years.

She’s been an Ambassador since 2009. She launched our 2010 child neglect appeal in London, and has even taken part in a skydiving fundraiser for us.

Mary Nightingale

ITV News anchor Mary Nightingale has supported us since the mid 1990s. She has taken part in many corporate fundraising events, has hosted several Spring Ladies’ Lunches, and presented our annual awards in 2009.

Mary has kindly donated tours of the ITN studios as ‘money can't buy’ auction prizes for our fundraising events.

Kevin Whately

One of the most recognisable faces and voices in the country, Kevin has starred in Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Morse. He’s perhaps best known as TV detective Lewis.

Kevin has attended events, visited services, and has provided the voiceover for our TV adverts. He supports our campaigning work, and has even appeared for us on Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Richard Farleigh

Best known for his seat in TV’s Dragon's Den, Richard Farleigh is a successful entrepreneur. With lived experience of growing up in care, he’s an ardent supporter of our fostering campaigns.

Richard talks from his own personal experience about the need for our services. He promotes the importance of our campaigns and services, and the urgent need for fundraising.

Angela Rippon CBE

One of the most recognisable faces on British TV for many years, Angela Rippon’s support for us has been just as constant.

Angela became an Ambassador in 1989. She has hosted numerous events, and took part in Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on our behalf. She also supported our neglect campaign.

Dermot Murnaghan

Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan has been supporter since the mid-1990s, and was appointed Ambassador in 2002.

He hosts the annual Ultimate News Quiz and other events for us. He promotes our work in the press, and most recently hosted our annual awards.

Emily Maitlis

A respected BBC journalist and news anchors, Newsnight presenter Emily first hosted our Byte Night (now Boycott Your Bed) quiz in 2008. She has been an active Ambassador since 2010.

She has helped us in countless ways, from media interviews to visiting projects and hosting fundraising events. She ran the 2013 Rome Marathon on our behalf.

Sian Lloyd

Broadcaster and writer Sian Lloyd has supported us for more than 15 years. In 2003, she braved the Australian jungle in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here to raise money for us.

Sian visits projects, and hosts and attends events. She actively promotes our work in the media.

Matthew Lewis

He may be best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film franchise, but Matthew has been supporting us since 2007.

Since winning an award at our Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, Matthew has attended project openings, film premieres and the BBC Writers Room launch on our behalf.

Diane Keen

Diane has starred in hit TV programmes for over 40 years. She performs with co-stars as diverse as Sir Michael Caine and Morecambe and Wise.

Diane has attended many of our events and project openings, as well as supporting corporate partnerships and promoting us in the press.

Martha Kearney

Martha is the host of BBC Radio 4’s lunchtime news programme World at One. In 2008, she suggested us as a beneficiary from the Ultimate News Quiz, which she co-founded.

The Ultimate News Quiz is a firm fixture in the media industry’s annual calendar. To date it has raised over £500,000 for charity.

Nerys Hughes

Nerys has been a reassuring presence in TV drama for many years, including The Liver Birds and The District Nurse. She has been a committed supporter of ours since the 1970s, becoming an Ambassador in 1986.

A tireless advocate of Action for Children, she has made numerous speeches on our behalf, chaired corporate events, visited projects, attended carol concerts and supported our work in countless press interviews over the years.

Shirley Anne Field

Screen legend Shirley Anne Field has graced our screens across the decades, in cult classics such as Alfie and Don't Look Back In Anger.

Shirley Anne holds a special significance for us, as she was brought up in one of our NCH homes (Edgworth Children's Home). Her support ranges from speaking at ladies' lunches and attending fundraising balls, to supporting heritage and our reunion events.

Our celebrity family

Our wider celebrity family also includes:

AJ Odudu, Alex Bowen, Alex Jones, Ali Bastian, Anna Whitehouse (Motherpukka), Anna Williamson, Ashley John-Baptiste, Ben Bailey Smith, Ben Tansley, Charlie Condou, Connie Simmonds, Dani Harmer, Donna Air, Ed Byrne, Eyal Booker, George Lamb, Imogen Thomas, Jamelia, Joe Swash, Joshua Patterson, Kara Tointon, Kelly Knox, KT Tunstall, Laura Hamilton, Lisa Snowdon, Luisa Zuissman, Matthew Wright, Neil Morrissey, Olivia Buckland Bowen, Ore Oduba, Rebecca Ferguson, Ronnie Archer-Morgan, Sabrina Washington, Saffron Barker, Sharon Horgan, Shelby Tribble, Sinitta, Sophie Hinchcliffe (Mrs Hinch), Stacey Solomon, Una Healy, Warwick Davis and Zoe Salmon.