World Vision UK's Celebrity Supporters
We’re very grateful to have the support of famous volunteers to promote the work we’re doing throughout the world. They help us to throw a spotlight on our incredible development and emergency response work to ensure we make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children living in the world’s harshest places.
Are you a celebrity (or someone who represents one) who would like to get involved? Contact: Siân Merrylees
In early 2016, Meghan Markle visited Rwanda as a World Vision Global Ambassador and saw firsthand the impact that clean water has on the lives of children and communities in Africa.
Photo: Meghan visiting Rwanda in 2016.
I have been familiar with World Vision for over a decade ago. It’s an organisation I respect and that I feel empowered to help effect change with.
- Meghan Markle, World Vision Global Ambassador
About Meghan: Since July 2011 Meghan has played Rachel Zane in the USA Network show Suits. She also appeared in box office hit films: Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Actress Amanda Redman is best known for her role as Sandra Pullman in the BBC One’s New Tricks.Read more
Amanda has sponsored a child with World Vision since the 1990s. Most recently, in 2015, she travelled with us to Nepal to see our work following the devastating earthquake. Once home she appeared on ITV's This Morning, Loose Women and Aled Jones' Weekend talking about our emergency response efforts in the mountain kingdom.
In 1997, she visited Senegal to meet Diaw, a 10-year old girl she had been sponsoring. The villagers Amanda met were desperate for clean water and she was shocked when mothers told her they were forced to choose between seeing their babies die from dehydration or give them a cup of contaminated water knowing that it would kill them anyway. However, by the time Diaw turned 22, child sponsorship money had paid for boreholes to provide clean water and villagers had been trained to maintain them. Amanda now sponsors another girl, Sophie, who lives in a different part of Senegal.
About Amanda: Amanda Redman is best known for her role as Sandra Pullman in BBC One’s New Tricks. She’s received BAFTA nominations for At Home with the Braithwaites and Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. Her film roles include For Queen and Country and Sexy Beast. Amanda was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.
Read more on Amanda’s trip to Nepal »
Elizabeth McGovern is an American film, television, and theatre actor living in London.Read more
Elizabeth sponsors Jestina in Sierra Leone and in 2013 she travelled to Africa to meet her.
In 2014 she helped promote the #ANightOfHope campaign in a cover feature in Prima magazine.
About Elizabeth: Elizabeth McGovern is an American actress living in London. She is best known for her performance as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. She was nominated for an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for this role. Elizabeth received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the 1981 film Ragtime, and her other films include Ordinary People, Once Upon A Time In America and The Handmaid's Tale.
Actress Natasha starred as Caroline Langbourne in acclaimed BBC series The Night Manager.Read more
Natasha travelled with us to Serbia in 2015 to see our emergency response work with refugees struggling through Europe. She visited a desolate village close to the border with Croatia, where she helped distribute food packages to refugees on buses and visited our Child Friendly Space that was a safe oasis for mothers and children.
Natasha, who was greatly moved by the people she met, was also interviewed live from Belgrade on Premier Radio during the visit, and again in London.
Natasha was also one of the speakers at our event at the Houses of Parliament marking six years of conflict in Syria.
About Natasha: Natasha Little most recently starred as Caroline Langbourne in acclaimed BBC series The Night Manager. She is best known for her BAFTA-nominated role as Becky Sharp in BBC period drama Vanity Fair. She also played Liz Cromwell, Thomas Cromwell’s wife, in 2015’s BAFTA-winning Wolf Hall.
Linda Barker is a TV presenter and interior designer.Read more
Linda travelled to Cambodia in 2015 to see our work. She fronted the #FloralFriday campaign in the same year, designing the scarf that was given away to promote it. She also organised a fundraising fete in her tiny village in Yorkshire and one of her neighbours wrote and recorded a song (entitled 'Vision for the World') based on our work.
Linda sponsors Sophoum, who lives in Cambodia.
About Linda: Linda Barker began her TV career as a set designer before becoming a presenter of the BBC’s Changing Rooms and House Invaders, later joining ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover design team. Linda came third in the second series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and third in Splash!, ITV's celebrity diving show. Alongside her TV commitments, Linda has designed and advertised sofas for DFS and is now working with Wren Kitchens on a kitchen and homeware range.
Read more on Linda’s trip to Cambodia »
Louis Cole is a YouTube personality with over a million followers on Instagram and Twitter.Read more
Vlogger Louis Cole travelled with us to Sierra Leone in 2015 to see our work following the Ebola outbreak. He made daily video blogs during the trip that show people struggling to regain their lives in the week that schools had re-opened and the year-long ban on public gatherings had been lifted.
About Louis: Louis Cole is a YouTube personality with over a million followers on Instagram and Twitter. He is best known for posting daily Vlogs on the channel FunForLouis, which documents his life and travel adventures throughout the world. His viewers are familiar with his mantra; "Peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure."
Read more on Louis’s trip to Sierra Leone »
Nick Danziger is a photographer, filmmaker and travel writer.Read more
In 2000, the United Nations set eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate poverty by 2015. In 2005, Nick visited families and World Vision’s work in eight countries: Niger, Zambia, Uganda, India, Cambodia, Armenia, Honduras and Bolivia. He revisited the families again in 2010 and again in 2015 to document how (or if) their lives had improved.
About Nick: Nick Danziger is a photographer, filmmaker and travel writer. He’s travelled the world taking photographs and making documentary films, with most of his work based on people – especially young people - living in difficult circumstances. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, toured museums and galleries internationally, and are held in numerous museum collections.
Celebrity makeup artist Ruby Hammer is a co-founder of make-up brand Ruby & Millie.Read more
Make-up artist Ruby Hammer has sponsored children with World Vision for over ten years.
"My own daughter is now an adult and seeing how healthy, lucky and privileged she is has triggered a feeling in me about so many others that aren't so lucky,” she says. “Sponsoring children, such as Lusine, is my small way of being grateful and showing it.”
About Ruby: Ruby Hammer is a renowned makeup artist and has worked with many well-known faces. She is also co-founder of make-up brand Ruby & Millie, and co-founder and director of the Scarlett & Crimson cosmetics brand.
Chipo Chung is a Zimbabwean actress now living in London.Read more
Chipo has recently joined our family of celebrity supporters and is keen to use her influence to advocate for refugees. Chipo was herself born as a refugee in Tanzania, and spent her first two years in refugee camps in Mozambique with others escaping the war in then-Rhodesia. When she was 18 she moved to the US where her mother worked for the United Nations.
About Chipo: Chipo Chung is known in science fiction circles for her work in the BBC's cult series Doctor Who. Her first film credit was as the voice of Icarus II in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003 and her repertoire includes political theatre: Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre), The Overwhelming (Royal National Theatre) and Fallujah (in which she played Condoleezza Rice), as well as classical plays such as Phedre, in which she performed with Helen Mirren (Royal National Theatre), and Epidavros.