Brian Blessed joins host of celebrities to show what they are made of for WaterAid campaign


6 Jan 2017

Celebrities including Brian Blessed, Nadiya Hussain, Ellie Simmonds and David Morrissey have shown what they are made of in support of international charity WaterAid’s ‘Made of the Same Stuff’ campaign, with some surprising results.

Well-known supporters of the charity are taking to social media to share their results from the ‘What are you made of?’ online quiz, which highlights the fact we are all united biologically and physically as we are all made of approximately 60% water, while having many other unique characteristics that make us who we are.

Actor Brian Blessed, best known for his role in Flash Gordon, took the personality test, which revealed he is 14% optimist, 11% machine, 14% adventurer, and of course 60% water. He also admitted that something people don’t know about him is that he loves butterflies and his guilty pleasure is gobbling down yoghurt!

Mr Blessed has appealed to the public to join WaterAid’s campaign and make history by helping get clean water to everyone everywhere. He said:

“I had to leave school at 14 because my father got injured in the mines and I had to support my family. I was an undertaker's assistant, then a plasterer, before doing my military service in the RAF. All the while, I was doing amateur dramatics and dreaming of getting a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

“I knew I was made of stronger stuff, that I could make things happen and change the course of my destiny and that is what is at the heart of WaterAid’s ‘Made of the Same Stuff’ campaign. We can all be the difference in our own, and others, lives and together we can change history and bring clean water to people around the world. Let’s all be the difference, get involved and show us what you are made of this winter!”

Former Great British Bake Off winner and WaterAid Ambassador Nadiya Hussain has shared her results from the quiz, which found that she is 15% optimist, 12% zen, 13% loyal, and 60% water. She also loves roller blading; and despite being a whizz in the kitchen, her guilty pleasure is instant mash potato!

Perhaps it’s no surprise that thespian and historian Sir Tony Robinson’s results show he is 16% geek! He is also 11% pedant and 13% thrifty, as well as 60% water. He revealed that something people don’t know about him is that he loves guinea pigs and his guilty pleasure is a finger loaded with peanut butter.

Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds is 17% social butterfly, 14% optimist, 10% joker and 60% water. She also told WaterAid that she likes to bake to take her mind off swimming, and then later tucking into the cakes.

Designer Kelly Hoppen was found to be 12% fierce, 17% pedant and 11% geek, while West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is 17 % social butterfly, 10% joker, and 14% optimist. TV presenter Chris Packham is 16% geek, 13% thrifty, 11% pedant, and actor David Morrissey is 14% adventurer, 14% thrifty, and 13% creative.

To take part in the quiz and find out what you are made of, visit:

Alicia Robinson, Digital Communications Lead at WaterAid, said:

“At WaterAid, we are working towards a world where by 2030 everyone everywhere has access to safe water and good sanitation. Each year, 78 million people are turning on a tap or using a pump for the first time. By all working together across the world, we can make history by achieving universal access to clean water.

“Our ‘What are you made of?’ quiz is a fun way to unite people across the world by highlighting how we are all made of the same stuff – water – while also revealing some of our quirks!"

Money raised from WaterAid’s ‘Made of the Same Stuff’ campaign will go towards helping some of the world’s poorest communities to access to safe, clean water and good sanitation.

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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
  • For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database,