Morningstar – Top 12 Celebrity Allies 2024

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This important award recognises and thanks those outside the LGBT+ community who support the challenges around equality and inclusion.

London,,United,Kingdom,-,May,14,,2023:,Claudia,Winkleman,Attends

CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN

Claudia (and her fringe) are, quite simply, gay icons. If her status as an LGBTQ+ legend hadn’t already been cemented thanks to her role on Strictly Come Dancing, with its endless sequins, tans and show tunes, hosting The Traitors certainly did. Season two of the BBC show gave us even more of Claudia and her fabulous knitwear, with the tanned presenter delivering some classic quips inside the castle and creating possibly one of the campest moments on reality TV, as she led a funeral procession in her trademark sardonic style.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE

Since playing ‘The Boy Who Lived’ in the Harry Potter movies as a child, Daniel has grown up and become The Man Who Stands With The LGBTQ+ Community. In between earning raves on Broadway and getting Emmy and Bafta nominations, Daniel has consistently stood for gay and trans people. As one of the most prominent public figures advocating for marginalised groups, he works with The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention efforts among queer youth. In addition to signposting fans to the group’s resources, Daniel has contributed financially to the cause.

London,,United,Kingdom,-,March,31,,2022:,Daniel,Radcliffe,Attends
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DAVID TENNANT

David is one of the LGBTQ+ community’s most fierce allies and supporters. The Doctor Who legend has never been shy about speaking out for marginalised communities, with the Bafta nominee mainly focusing his attention on standing with those who identify as trans and non-binary in recent years. David often does red-carpet interviews while wearing pins associated with the community, with one particular Doctor Who-themed Tardis badge, designed in the colours of the trans Pride flag, helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities.

DERMOT O’LEARY

The late Barry Humphries may have ‘accidentally’ congratulated Dermot for “coming out as gay” during a TV interview in 2021, pretending to mistake him for another This Morning host, but the broadcasting legend is actually an LGBTQ+ ally – and a brilliant one. From kickstarting our weekend as host of The X Factor to finishing off the week alongside Alison Hammond on This Morning every Friday, Dermot is never off our screens. In addition to his TV work, he entertains BBC Radio 2 listeners at the weekend and is a Unicef UK ambassador.

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London,,Uk.,December,10,,2018:,Leigh,Anne,Pinnock,&,Jade

JADE THIRLWALL

As one-third of Little Mix, Jade and her bandmates became the first – and so far only – group to win The X Factor. The trio made history again as they collected the Brit for Best British Group, the first girl band to do so. As an ambassador for Stonewall, Jade is just as celebrated for her activism as her artistry. In 2019, alongside Michelle Visage, the singer raised a staggering £10,000 for Mermaids UK. Her activism continued to make waves in 2021 when she called for a ban all forms of conversion therapy. Jade will release her debut solo single later this year amid Little Mix’s hiatus.

JENNIFER SAUNDERS

Jennifer has been one of the funniest women in Britain for more than four decades. She is an actress, comedian, screenwriter, author and long-time LGBTQ+ ally. She has been at the forefront of gay culture since the early 90s, thanks to her role as PR queen Edina ‘Eddie’ Monsoon in her beloved sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. In 2016, Jennifer delighted fans as she opened the Pride in London parade fully in character as the chaotic PR director. She jointly received a Bafta Fellowship alongside her comedy partner Dawn French in 2009.

London,,United,Kingdon,-,June,6,,2018:,Jennifer,Saunders,Attends
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JOANNA LUMLEY

Dame Joanna is more than a national treasure: she is a British institution. She has won multiple awards, including two Baftas for bringing the chain-smoking, boozy Patsy Stone to life in Absolutely Fabulous. In 2013, she received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards, and, in 2017, was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship. A successful activist, she supports various charities and animal welfare groups and advocates for human rights worldwide. In the 2022 New Year Honours, she was made a Dame for services to drama, entertainment and charity.

JONATHAN ROSS

As the host of one of the biggest primetime talk shows, Jonathan has interviewed some of the most prominent actors, singers and politicians on his ITV show. In addition to fronting his self-titled Saturday night show, Jonathan is a Classic FM DJ, a film expert and a judge on one of TV’s campest shows, The Masked Singer. In 2011, Jonathan won praise for speaking with love and pride regarding his daughter’s sexuality, as he revealed his eldest child had come out. The acclaimed presenter received an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2005.

London,,United,Kingdom,-,April,4,,2024:,Jonathan,Ross,Attends
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JON POINTING

Channel 4 viewers laughed and cried with Jon thanks to his moving portrayal of mature student Danny in Jack Rooke’s moving and hilarious series Big Boys. Jon’s work in the award-winning comedy earned him a Bafta nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2023. While promoting the show, the actor spoke about the importance of breaking down stereotypes and standing with the LGBTQ+ community. Jon has also won praise for his performances in the comedy-drama Smothered and Murder Is Easy, a thriller based on the 1939 Agatha Christie novel of the same name.

PETER CROUCH

Football royalty Peter Crouch – who played for, among others, Stoke, Aston Villa, Spurs, Liverpool and, of course, England in a long goalscoring career – is a longstanding ally of the LGBTQ+ community and, in 2022, gave his backing to a campaign against the oppression of LGBTQ+ people in Qatar, where the World Cup was being held. Not only did he back the campaign, he released an album with opera singer Paul Potts, in partnership with Paddy Power, to raise money for Stonewall. The album, Crouchy Conducts the Classics, raised £25,000 for the charity.

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TONI COLLETTE

Toni is an Australian actress and producer who is beloved worldwide for her work in film and TV. The award- winning star’s trophy cabinet isn’t short of a gong or two; she’s picked up a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and five AACTA Awards over the years, as well as nominations for Oscar and Tony awards. Toni played a drag queen in the 2004 film Connie and Carla and, in 2023, recalled how “free and completely joyous” she felt during filming as she defended the drag community from criticism and attacks. She made her career breakthrough in 1994, starring in legendary Aussie comedy Muriel’s Wedding.

TYRONE MINGS

Tyrone began his career playing non- League football before going on to represent his country in the national team and play in the Premiership as captain of Aston Villa. A hero on and off the pitch, Tyrone has used his status to campaign for good causes, including backing the Rainbow Laces campaign and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. In 2013, he spent Christmas Day helping to feed homeless people and, following his England teammates suffering racial abuse after the Euros final loss to Italy in 2021, Tyrone stood up to the then-home secretary Priti Patel and accused her of “stoking the fire” that led to the abuse.

London,,United,Kingdom,-,March,01,,2023:,Tyrone,Mings,Attend