Multi award-winning stand-up comedian and presenter Matt Richardson and his autistic brother Alex Richardson have become our new ambassadors! 

Matt’s TV credits include co-hosting the Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack, and Celebrity Haunted Mansion with Christine Lampard. He has also appeared on prime-time shows Celebrity Juice and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and currently hosts Virgin Radio’s drive-time show. Alex, who is autistic, is just about to embark on a career behind the camera - in TV and film production. 

Matt will be hosting a star-studded fundraising comedy night for the National Autistic Society at the Union Chapel in Islington on 12 November.

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Matt said: “I was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for the National Autistic Society, it’s an awesome charity, and one close to my heart. When my younger brother Alex was first diagnosed my mum and dad got lots of helpful advice from the National Autistic Society’s website. This meant they could give Alex the best support, especially when he faced some difficult times at school.     

“I’m so proud of what Alex has achieved, he’s creative and ambitious and illustrates what can be achieved by autistic people when those around them understand autism and support them in the right way. There are about 700, 000 autistic people in the UK and I hope that by sharing my personal experiences of autism and raising funds for the charity, I might be able to change a few attitudes so more autistic people get the support and understanding they deserve.”

Alex said: “I am very happy and proud to be an ambassador for the National Autistic Society because I want to share my story and experiences in the hope that it might help other young people to see the positive outcome and not feel embarrassed or afraid to talk about it.”

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: "We are delighted that Matt and Alex have become our new ambassadors. It’s clear from the very first time you meet them that they have a great bond and share a joint passion to improve the lives, especially the job opportunities, of the 700,000 autistic people living in the UK today. 

“With their support and because of their willingness to share personal experiences of autism with the public, we’ll be able to move a little bit closer to creating a world that really works for autistic people and their families.”   

We caught up with the pair as they discussed Alex, his autism and growing up.