Meet our ambassadors

Our ambassadors are committed to using their voices to support WaterAid, by sharing the stories of people who don’t have access to the everyday essentials of water, toilets and hygiene.

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Tyler West

DJ and Presenter Tyler West visited Zambia as WaterAid’s newest ambassador and to launch the Water Means Life appeal.  He visited schools and communities to hear their stories of how living with and without clean water impacts the lives of the people living there.

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Tobias Menzies

British actor Tobias Menzies has starred in The Crown, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

He became a WaterAid ambassador in 2019 and is keen to help raise awareness of the global water crisis.

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Ellie Simmonds

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE holds five Gold Paralympic medals.

She was so inspired by her visit to our work in Uganda, she became a WaterAid ambassador and has supported our work ever since.

Nadiya Hussain
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Nadiya Hussain

Baker and author Nadiya Hussain won the popular BBC show The Great British Bake Off in 2015.

Her parents are from Bangladesh, and during childhood visits she witnessed the impact of living without access to clean water and decent toilets first-hand.

WaterAid supporter Amanda Mealing near Katiu Community, Kassena Nankana West District, Upper East Region, Ghana. February 2019.
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Amanda Mealing

Actress Amanda Mealing is best known for her role as Casualty’s Connie Beauchamp.

In 2019, she visited health centres, schools and communities in Ghana to see how staff and patients cope without access to clean water and good hygiene.

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Dougray Scott

Actor Dougray Scott has starred in many TV programmes and films including the Ripley’s Game and Enigma.

Dougray has visited our work in Mozambique, witnessing what life is like for those denied access to clean water.

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Rachel Stevens

S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens became WaterAid’s first celebrity ambassador in 2012.

She has visited our work in Ethiopia, where she met families living without access to clean water and decent toilets.

Songhoy Blues, performers in WaterAid's Bathroom Sessions, which will help raise money for the Future on Tap appeal. December 2020
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Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues are a desert blues music group from Mali. They have first-hand experience of what life is like living without clean water and decent toilets and are passionate supporters of WaterAid’s work. 

They headlined our online music event, Bathroom Sessions and have visited our work in Mali. 

Special projects

From starring in our special productions, to being the voice of animations and getting involved at events, or designing artwork for us, our high profile supporters help us create a buzz around our work.

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Friends of WaterAid

Check out just some of the special projects our friends have been involved in.

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Ringo Starr

Legendary drummer of The Beatles, Ringo Starr, has supported WaterAid for several years. In 2012, Ringo and his wife Barbara opened the WaterAid garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In our 2019 Glastonbury campaign, he designed a show-stopping badge.

Helen Lederer
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Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer is a comedian, actress and writer. She is best known for her role in Absolutely Fabulous.

She has supported WaterAid for a number of years, including our It's No Joke! campaign for World Toilet Day.

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Cerys Matthews

Musician and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews visited our work in India and has also supported our campaigns including To be a Girl and Deliver Life.

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The Lean Machines

YouTube stars John Chapman and Leon Bustin form The Lean Machines, who focus on fitness and nutrition.

In 2015, John and Leon visited WaterAid’s work in Zambia to see the impact of living without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

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Samantha Barks

Samantha Barks is an actress and singer, who starred as Eponine in the stage and film versions of Les Mis. She launched our To be a girl campaign after a visit to our work in Madagascar. 

Nadia Sawalha as Period Gang Leader in the Peaky Bleeders film, London, May 2019
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Nadia Sawalha

Actress and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha starred as the leader of the Period Gang in WaterAid’s campaign film, Peaky Bleeders. The film’s message calls on people to talk more openly about periods, and help end the stigma and taboos that often surround them.

Actor Brian Blessed, WaterAid supporter
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Brian Blessed

Actor and comedian Brian Blessed OBE has supported WaterAid for some time. He starred in a film to address the progress that has been made towards alleviating poverty through access to water:  

“It’s now 2019, and there are still millions of children who face the dangers of drinking dirty water every day. This shouldn’t be normal anymore.”

Simon and Clemmie Hooper in Mahvoky Village, Moramanga, Madagascar, Sept. 2017.
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Clemmie and Simon Hooper

Instagram sensation and midwife Clemmie Hooper travelled to Madagascar in 2017 to meet her counterparts. Joined by her husband Simon Hooper, they witnessed the challenges faced by people denied access to clean water and good hygiene.

Sofia Helin, WaterAid Ambassador, visits WaterAid projects in Cambodia. The visit allowed Sofia to see first-hand how clean water, toilets and improved hygiene behaviour can transform lives.
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Sofia Helin

Actress and star of The Bridge, Sofia Helin has supported WaterAid on several occasions. She visited Cambodia to see the transformational effect clean water has on communities.

Film Director Shekhar Kapur
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Shekhar Kapur

Acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapur grew up in India, where he witnessed what life is like for those who struggle to find a reliable, clean water source.

In collaboration with WaterAid, his fictional story Brides of Well is based on the interlinked issues of poverty, access to water and child marriage in India.

Shappi Khorsandi
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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi is a comedian and author who has supported WaterAid for many years, including running a half marathon and hosting a comedy night for World Toilet Day: It’s No Joke festival.

Sheila Ferguson, singer and writer, supports WaterAid’s Christmas Carol event
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Sheila Ferguson

American singer and songwriter Sheila Ferguson is passionate that everyone should have clean water and is a big supporter of our work.

She recently hosted our virtual Christmas Get Together.

Jeremy Irons

British actor Jeremy Irons has fronted a number of WaterAid’s TV appeals. He has supported our work for several years.

At WaterAid, we're always working in creative ways to spread the word about our work and generate support. Working through our celebrities and high profile supporters, we can boost that message even further. Take a look at just some of the quirky projects our stars have been involved in. 

In memory

We would like to remember the friends that are no longer with us, who have left a legacy behind to help us change lives. We are grateful for their support. 

Official headshot of WaterAid supporters Cyrille and Julia Regis, March 2012.
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Cyrille Regis

Cyrille Regis MBE and his wife Julie visited a WaterAid project in Ethiopia in 2007. Ever since they have been passionate believers in WaterAid’s mission.

We were honoured that he was a champion of our work until his sad passing in January 2018. His support inspired many people to get involved with our work, for that we will always be grateful.

A picture of Chas Hodges
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Chas Hodges

Chas was a valued long-standing supporter of WaterAid, raising money at events and asking for donations in lieu of birthday presents. We were honoured that he supported our work before his sad passing in September 2018. 

In December 2018 his family and musical partner Dave Peacock led a star-studded evening of entertainment in memory of Chas,  raising nearly £40,000 for WaterAid.