National Brain Appeal - Celebrity Endorsements


“Without The National Hospital I might not have a mum. Thank you with all my heart National Hospital and The National Brain Appeal for making sure that I do. As a family, we are eternally grateful to neurosurgeon Michael Powell all the wonderful people who work there. The biggest thank you EVER.”


Emilia Fox, one of Britain’s most respected acting talents and current lead in the BBC’s Silent Witness, first appeared on television alongside her mother Joanna David in Pride and Prejudice (1995), before playing Mrs de Winter in Rebecca. Other television credits include Ballet Shoes, Merlin, and The Wrong Mans.

Emilia’s role in Polanski’s award-winning The Pianist was followed by numerous others, including: The Soulkeeper and Suspension of Disbelief. Theatre credits include Coriolanus and Richard II (Almeida), Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival), and The Cherry Orchard (RSC).

Emilia is the daughter of Joanna David and Edward Fox and sister of Freddie Fox. She has been a supporter of The National Brain Appeal since her mother received life-saving treatment at The National Hospital.

“ The National Hospital saved my friend Joanna’s life so I’m thrilled to be able to support The National Brain Appeal.

In a career spanning 35 years, Charles has amassed an impressive body of work as an actor in theatre, film and television. His roles include Henry V and Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company and TV credits for The Jewel in the Crown (BAFTA nominated for best actor), Rebecca and Bleak House. Major films include White Mischief, Last Action Hero and Michael Collins and more recently he has started HBO/Sky TV’s Game of Thrones.
Charles Dance

The National Hospital saved my friend. Supporting the work of its charity The National Brain Appeal is my way of saying 'thank you', and helping raise awareness of their ever urgent appeals on the road to better neurological care.”
Well known for her role in Titanic as Lady Duff Gordon, Rosalind Ayres’ numerous film and television a ppe a ra nc e s inc lude G ods a nd Mons te rs , Outnumbered, New Tricks, Holby City, Poirot and Coronation Street. As well as many West End and Broadway successes she has also directed and acted in radio dramas for LA Theatre Works in America. She is married to the actor Martin Jarvis. 
“ I owe my life to the expert surgeon Michael Powell and his wonderful team at The National. That’s why I’m urging people to support The National Brain Appeal. There’s plenty that you can do to raise money for this remarkable charity” 
Joanna’s career spans film, television and theatre. Her first major television role was as Elinor Dashwood in the BBC’s 1971 dramatisation of Sense and Sensibility. She is perhaps best known as the heroine of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and has also appeared in Bleak House, Miss Marple and Inspector Morse. In 2013 Joanna filmed Holby City and also joined the cast of Downton Abbey. She has many theatre and radio credits to her name and has recorded several audiobooks. 
Joanna is a trustee of The National Brain Appeal and credits The National Hospital for saving her life. Along with her husband Edward Fox and children Freddie and Emilia Fox, she is a passionate supporter of the charity. 
“ It is a cruel fact that one in six of us will be affected by a neurological condition. Medical science is constantly evolving to find new treatments. The National Brain Appeal is a vital force supporting neurologists and neurosurgeons in this process, and I am happy to support it.”

Richard Dawkins, FRS, is an evolutionary biologist and author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion and many other books, several of which have been recorded with his wife, Lalla Ward, for audio versions. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature, and winner of prizes including the Michael Faraday Award, the Shakespeare Prize and the International Cosmos Prize. He retired from the Charles Simonyi Professorship in 2008 and remains a fellow of New College, Oxford. In 2013 Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers voted him the world’s top thinker.
“Finding out that I had a tumour in my brain was one of the most frightening things I've had to deal with. You feel completely powerless. All the staff at the National Hospital supported me compassionately through the whole journey, from first diagnosis to recovery after the operation.”

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