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Jim Broadbent is a much-loved theatre, film and television actor, best known for his roles in Iris, Moulin Rouge, and the international phenomenon, the Harry Potter franchise.
Jim won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of John Bayley in the film Iris, a depiction of the relationship between John and novelist Iris Murdoch, throughout their youth and then into older age, as Iris slowly succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease.
Jim received a Royal Television Award and BAFTA nomination for his leading performance in Any Human Heart (based on William Boyd’s novel of the same name). His work on the stage has seen him appear in acclaimed productions ranging from Our Friends in the North by Peter Flannery at the RSC Pit and Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett at The Donmar.
Jim presented a BBC Lifeline Appeal on BBC1 for Dementia UK in 2018, in which he spoke movingly about his own mother’s experience of dementia, as well as highlighting the life-changing support that Admiral Nurses are able to offer families facing dementia, in person and on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.
“I am privileged to have been asked to be an ambassador for Dementia UK. Over the years I have been connected with it I have been more than impressed by the professionalism, commitment and positivity that they bring to those who struggle with the shock and ever changing demands of having to care for a loved one diagnosed with dementia. It is a fine organisation fulfilling a vital role and I look forward to my continuing involvement.”
Lorelei King has appeared in films such as Notting Hill, House of Mirth and, as the voice of Muther, Alien: Covenant. She has played regular and recurring characters in popular British television shows such as Chef, Cold Feet, and Emmerdale.
A multi-award-winning audio book narrator, she is one of the first inductees into Audible’s ‘Narrator Hall of Fame’. Once described as ‘the best known American voice on Radio 4’, Lorelei has recorded more than 200 programmes for the BBC. She is co-founder of the digital publishing company, Creative Content Ltd., which recently published her first book (co-written with Ali Muirden), Storyteller: How to be an Audio Book Narrator.
Lorelei has been one of Dementia UK’s longest standing celebrity supporters, speaking candidly about her own experiences of facing dementia following the diagnosis of her husband, Vince, with young onset dementia. Lorelei can be found tweeting at @LoreleiKing.
“My husband’s diagnosis of young onset dementia was devastating to our little family and I have never felt so frightened and alone. In such dark times, Dementia UK, with its wonderful Admiral Nurses, is a glimmer of light, offering information, support and guidance. The work that Dementia UK does is powerful and positive, and I am so proud and honoured to be one of its charity Ambassadors.”
Phyllis Logan is one of the most recognisable faces on British television, having starred as Lady Jane Felsham for eight years in the BBC’s much-loved antiques comedy drama, Lovejoy, before becoming synonymous with another British classic, Downton Abbey, in which she rules the roost as housekeeper Mrs Carson, nee Hughes.
Phyllis won a BAFTA for most promising newcomer in 1983, for her role as a young Scottish married woman who embarks upon an affair, in the emotional drama Another Time, Another Place. She has numerous other film credits to her name, including Nativity! and the Mike Leigh classic Secrets and Lies.
Phyllis has appeared on television multiple times to promote Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Helpline and our Time for a Cuppa fundraiser – each time causing a huge spike in calls. She is a passionate supporter of Dementia UK, having witnessed her mother’s struggles with a cognitive impairment and her mother-in-law’s difficulty following a diagnosis of dementia.
“Like so many people, I have had personal experience of loved ones being diagnosed with varying degrees of dementia. We know from research and statistics that dementia is increasing within the population and more and more people will be affected by it, be they the people with the diagnosis or their families.
I’m so glad to be an Ambassador for this great charity and to promote their wonderful Admiral Nurses programme, which is truly a lifeline for many, many people. In supporting Dementia UK, I feel we can all make a very positive difference.”
Judy Parfitt is an accomplished film, television and stage actor, well known to audiences most recently for her role as Sister Monica Joan in the BBC’s long-running historical drama Call the Midwife, a character who is depicted experiencing the early stages of dementia.
Judy has had a long and distinguished film career. She played Lady Mount-Temple in the 1997 Oscar Wilde biopic Wilde, with Stephen Fry playing the titular character. She is twice BAFTA nominated: for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Maria Thins in the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring, and for Best TV Actress for The Jewel in The Crown.
She has appeared in a stream of illustrious British television staples, from The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek and Marple.
Judy’s support for Dementia UK has been invaluable, with appearances on ITV’s Loose Women, to promote the charity’s annual fundraiser Time for a Cuppa, encouraging people to put the kettle on and raise more money for dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.
“My husband was with me physically but lost to me in every other way to dementia. My husband became my child. I am honoured to be an Ambassador for Dementia UK.”