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Joanna Lumley signed our Vision in enthusiastic fashion

From actors and broadcasters to musicians and authors, our lively friends in the Arts and Media add strength to our Visionary call:

Joanna Lumley OBE

Joanna Lumley OBE

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Joanna Lumley is an award-winning actress (three BAFTAs) and dedicated campaigner for human rights and animal welfare.

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench

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Dame Judi Dench is a multi-award-winning stage, television and film actress, including an Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love”, although she is probably best known for playing “M” in seven James Bond films.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

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Rufus is recognised as one of the great vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation. Apart from his many songs, he has written two operas, including the award-winning Hadrian and Antinous (2018), and orchestral settings for five of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Peter Gabriel CBE

Peter Gabriel CBE

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Musician Peter Gabriel founded the rock group Genesis, has an enormously successfully solo career and is a pioneer in recording World Music.

Stephen Hough CBE

Stephen Hough CBE

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One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a concert pianist with those of a composer and a writer.

Ricky Kej

Ricky Kej

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Grammy® Award Winner & US Billboard #1 artist, Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music composer and environmentalist.

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

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Michael is an award-winning author. His books include Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013) and The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006), named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Michael Morpurgo OBE

Michael Morpurgo OBE

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In 1975 Michael and his wife Clare set up the charity Farms for City Children in Devon, enabling inner-city children to experience living and working on a family farm.

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver, winner of The Orange Prize for Fiction, is an American author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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A talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, Hugh is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books.

ALAN TITCHMARSH MBE VMH DL

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL

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Alan is one of the best-known faces in the gardening media world, a busy author, an Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust and Chancellor of Winchester University.

Vera Lynn DBE

Vera Lynn DBE

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One of Britain’s best-loved singers, Dame Vera came to fame in World War 2, becoming “The Forces’ Sweetheart”, entertaining British troops in India, Burma and Egypt and recording best-sellers like We’ll Meet Again.

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka

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Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a German refugee camp after World War II and now lives in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Penelope Keith DBE

Penelope Keith DBE

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Actress Penelope Keith is well-loved in the UK both for her comedy and theatre roles.

James Bolam

James Bolam

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James is a much-loved actor. His TV credits include When the Boat Comes in, the Beiderbecke Trilogy, Only When I laugh, plus the popular CBeebies show Grandpa in My Pocket.

Rose Elliot MBE

Rose Elliot MBE

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Rose pioneered the current wave of interest in cruelty-free cookery with Simply Delicious, published in 1967, and has since written over 60 vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.

Sue Jameson

Sue Jameson

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Sue’s acting credits include playing Her Majesty for the TV series The Queen and roles in When the Boat Comes In, Heartbeat, and New Tricks.

Jilly Cooper OBE

Jilly Cooper OBE

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Jilly Cooper is a journalist and author of more than forty books, many of them best-sellers.

Graham Harvey

Graham Harvey

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A freelance farming writer, Graham has written for a wide range of publications including the Daily Mail and New Scientist.

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin

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Chris is an author, journalist and former Labour Party MP.

Miriam Margolyes OBE

Miriam Margolyes OBE

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After reading English at Newham College, Cambridge, Miriam Margolyes joined the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company and has since worked in theatre, TV and films, giving memorable performances as a character actress, including Professor Sprout of Harry Potter fame.

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

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Rebecca is an author, screenwriter and film director.

Peter Egan

Peter Egan

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Peter is known for his TV acting roles, including the Hogarth in Big Breadwinner Hog, the future king George IV in Prince Regent, and the smooth neighbour Paul Ryman in the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles.

Isabel Hilton OBE

Isabel Hilton OBE

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Isabel Hilton is the founder of chinadialogue.net, the world's first bilingual website on climate and environment, where she is CEO and Editor in Chief.

Noelle Harrison

Noelle Harrison

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Noelle Harrison is an Irish writer currently based in Edinburgh. She has published six novels under her own name: Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress, The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar and most recently The Gravity of Love.

Carol Royle

Carol Royle

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Carol Royle is a leading actress and her many roles for the RSC include Ophelia in Hamlet and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida.

Liu Chunyan

Liu Chunyan

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Liu Chunyan is a household name in China, where she is the most famous children's TV presenter, hosting hugely popular programmes on China Central Television such as "Big Windmill" and "Smart Trees".

Lady Vanessa Hannam

Lady Vanessa Hannam

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Vanessa is an author and accomplished singer.

Geoffrey Hughes

Geoffrey Hughes

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Geoffrey Hughes is the Director and founder (1986) of The Osborne Studio Gallery in London.

Amit Pasricha

Amit Pasricha

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Amit is one of the most famous names in the field of Panoramic Photography.

Bill Bryson OBE, FRS

Bill Bryson OBE, FRS

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Bill is a prolific and highly successful American author, domiciled in England. 

Jeremy Cowdrey

Jeremy Cowdrey

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Jeremy Cowdrey has had three careers to date. 

Jenny Seagrove

Jenny Seagrove

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Jenny Seagrove was born in Malaysia and grew up around animals. Her thirty year acting career has covered stage, film and television.

Jonathan Self

Jonathan Self

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Jonathan Self is a journalist. He has written for The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as well as many UK magazines.

Lesley Nicol

Lesley Nicol

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Lesley Nicol is famous for her portrayal of “Mrs Patmore” in the highly successful TV costume drama, Downton Abbey.

Zheng Xie

Zheng Xie

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Xie is an original singer/songwriter and founder of a rock band and of the NGO "Don't Eat Friends”. His first record, released in 2010, was the first of its kind in China on the theme of animal and environmental protection.

Jian Yi

Jian Yi

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Jian Yi is an award-winning independent filmmaker and cultural activist based in China.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Clive Hicks-Jenkins

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Clive Hicks-Jenkins is a well-known painter, known as ‘one of the most individual and complete artists of our time'. His paintings, prints and artists’ books are in numerous public collections.

Michael Pellman Rowland

Michael Pellman Rowland

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Michael Pellman Rowland is a partner at Alpenrose Wealth Management, advising clients on sustainable impact investing. He is also a contributor to Forbes.com, covering the business of food from a sustainability perspective.

Hiranmay Karlekar

Hiranmay Karlekar

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Hiranmay Karlekar is a distinguished author and journalist and Consultant Editor of The Pioneer.

Joseph Gibson

Joseph Gibson

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Joseph Gibson is an award winning garden designer.

Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery

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Linda writes fiction for children, teenagers and adults, with titles including Set in Stone (a Costa category winner), The Shell House and Lob.

David White

David White

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David lives on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, and for many years he has been a wildlife enthusiast. In the last few years he has been fortunate to travel to many places, and he says it has been a dream to see and photograph wonderful landscapes and wildlife all over the world.

Marc Abraham

Marc Abraham

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Marc Abraham, or 'Marc the Vet' as he's more commonly known, is a multi-award-winning TV vet, author, and animal welfare campaigner.

Jack Harries

Jack Harries

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Jack is a 26 year-old documentary film-maker and environmental activist.

Crispin Ward

Crispin Ward

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Anglo Irish conductor Crispin Ward studied conducting at the Royal College of Music. He regularly appears at major festivals and venues in the USA and Europe.