We amazing celebrity supporters from across the worlds of TV and film, the arts, music and sport. They’ve lent their time to help with our fundraising and campaigning, and to engage new audiences with our work.

For more information, please contact celebrity@nas.org.uk. Click on the links below to learn more about our incredible celebrity supporters.

Jon Adams
Jane Asher
Tim Bentick
Sally and John Bercow
Francis Boulle
Johnny Dean
Kate Fox
Alan Gardner
George the Poet
Carrie and David Grant
Tim Minchin
James Northcote
Noriko Ogawa
J-Rock/Big Brovas
John Singleton
John Swannell
Elisabeth Wiklander
Richard Wilson OBE
Amy Willerton
Lee Ingleby
Laura James

Kimberley Nixon

 

Phot: Jon Adams

Jon Adams
Autistic digital artist, poet and neurodiversity campaigner, Jon Adams, is a Cultural Ambassador for the NAS. Jon trained as a geologist and his work references his Asperger syndrome, dyslexia and post-traumatic stress disorder. He is also a synesthete who can taste, feel and hear colours. Jon is the founder of the Flow Observatorium, a safe place for neurodiverse artists and performers to show their work, which is based at the New Theatre Royal, in his home town of Portsmouth.

Jane Asher

Jane Asher
Actress, renowned baker and author Jane Asher is President of The National Autistic Society – a role she has had since 1997.

 

 

Tim Bentinck

Tim Bentinck
Actor Tim is best known for The Archers, BBC drama By the Sword Divided and The Thick of It.

 

 

Sally and John Bercow
Sally and John are Vice Presidents of our charity and support the charity’s wide range of fundraising and campaigning activities. 

Francis Boulle
Made in Chelsea 
star Francis is a supporter of our awareness raising and fundraising events.

Johnny Dean
Menswear singer Johnny was a guiding light of Britpop. He was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder (PPD) in 2008, an umbrella term covering autism and related conditions, and is passionate about demystifying the condition.

Kate Fox

Kate Fox
The stand up poet and writer has led many participatory arts, school and community writing projects and  been poet-in-residence for Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the Yorkshire Festival, the Glastonbury Festival 2013 and the Great North Run. 

 

Alan Gardner, The Autistic Gardener

Alan Gardner
The leading conceptual garden designer has won numerous awards at Chelsea, Hampton Court and two gold medals at Tatton Park. He also has Asperger syndrome. His unique designs are inspired by architecture, conceptual art and the wider landscape. His Channel 4 series, The Autistic Gardener, follows Alan and a crack team of apprentices, all on the autism spectrum, as they transform five contrasting gardens across England. 

George the PoetGeorge the Poet
Described as “the hottest name in spoken word”, George's Radio 1 documentary, Stories from the Spectrum, featuring his brother Kenny – who has Asperger syndrome – broke new ground and introduced the breadth of the autism spectrum to a younger audience. 

 

Carrie and David Grant

Carrie and David Grant
Carrie and David are best known as judges and vocal coaches on ITV's Pop Idol (ITV), the BBC's Fame Academy, and BBC1’s BAFTA-winning Glee Club. The couple have four children, including two daughters on the autism spectrum. The couple has spoken in Parliament to highlight issues affecting people on the autism spectrum and their families.

 

Tim Minchin
Comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist and musical director Tim supports the charity’s fundraising work.

James Northcote

James Northcote
The The Imitation Game (2014) and Anna Karenina (2012) actor and filmmaker supports our awareness campaigns and has worked closely with our Acton day service. 

 

 

Noriko Ogawa

Noriko Ogawa
The acclaimed Japanese concert pianist has designed a series called Jamie’s Concerts specifically designed for parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum, giving them the rare chance to relax and listen to live classical music. 


J-Rock of Big Brovaz

J-Rock/Big Brovaz
The MOBO award-winning Big Brovaz rapper has a young son diagnosed with autism, whom he quit the music business to care for. However, he recently returned to Big Brovaz and, much to the delight of students and staff, paid a special visit to our Radlett Lodge school. 

 

John Singleton, golfer John Singleton
Merseyside golf hero, John Singleton, shot to fame atthe 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, which allowed him to leave his factory day job to become a full-time pro golfer. Also a golf coach, John supports our Active for Autism Programme, which works with coaches, teachers and volunteers to encourage more people on the autism spectrum to engage in sport.

John Swannell. Photo by Gareth Davies

John Swannell
World-renowned fashion, beauty and royal photographer John has a son with autism. He and his wife Marianne are Vice Presidents of The National Autistic Society, collaborating on the Transforming Lives project to improve the transition process between childhood and adulthood for young people on the autism spectrum.

 

Cellist, Elisabeth Wiklander

Elisabeth Wiklander 
Cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Elisabeth is a cultural ambassador for our charity. She received her autism diagnosis in 2009, but felt unable to talk publically about this until 2015. On 2 April that year, to mark World Autism Awareness Day, she chose to tell friends and family, and was delighted to receive lots of support, not just from them, but from her LPO colleagues and the autism community. Elisabeth is now in demand as a public speaker on autism and has recently given a TEDx talk about her life. 

Richard Wilson’s award-winning career has taken in theatre, film and many of Britain’s best-loved TV shows, including One Foot in the GraveDr Who and Father Ted. He’s an Ambassador for The National Autistic Society Scotland.

Amy Willerton

Amy Willerton 
Model and TV presenter Amy Willerton was a finalist in Channel 4’s primetime challenge show The Jump. She chose to support us because of her personal experience of autism. Amy’s younger brother Ross is autistic, and growing up with him helped her to understand some of the difficulties and everyday challenges faced by thousands of autistic people and their families across the UK.

Lee Ingleby

Lee Ingleby
Lee Ingleby is one of the UK’s most versatile actors. He played dad Paul Hughes in the BBC’s six-part family drama series The A Word, which will be back on our screens in 2017.

Lee’s previous high profile roles include, DS John Bacchus in the series Inspector George Gently, and Stan Shunpike, Conductor of the Knight Bus in the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Lee also appears in BBC’s Line of Duty and stars in Innocent, a four-part drama for ITV.

Laura James

Laura James
Laura James, who received her autism diagnosis in 2015 and campaigns for autism awareness, is a journalist, author and columnist. Her work has appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines, and she’s the author of nine books. Laura’s ninth book, Odd Girl Out, a memoir focusing on her autism, is published by Bluebird/Pan Macmillan.

 

Kimblerley Nixon.

Kimberley Nixon
BAFTA-nominated Kimberley Nixon is a TV and film actress best known for her lead roles in several hit shows including Ordinary Lives, Critical and Fresh Meat. Kimberley is an Ambassador for The National Autistic Society Cymru and supports our campaigning and fundraising work in Wales. Kimberley said: "Autism is a big part of my family life and I know first-hand how hard and how rewarding life can be for autistic people and their wider families. As an autism Ambassador I want to ensure that autistic people have the right support throughout their lives and that people in Wales better understand autism."