LGBT+ Celebrity Allies 2016

In alphabetical order

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

Brian May

Brian May is a 68-year-old singer/songwriter and musician, most famous for being the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band, Queen. He co-founded the group with lead singer and gay icon, Freddie Mercury, who died from pneumonia resulting from AIDS. Brian later founded the Mercury Pheonix Trust with Roger Taylor and Jim Beach, which raises awareness and understanding for people living with HIV. In the last two decades, the Trust has funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDs. In 2005, Brian was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry and charity work.​

Eddie Redmayne

Thirty-four-year-old Eddie Redmayne is an award-winning English actor, known for his performances in theatre and cinema. Eddie has portrayed several LGBT characters, in stage productions such as Now or Later and The Goat, or Who’s Sylvia? and films such as Savage Grace, with Julianne Moore and The Danish Girl with Alicia Vikander. Since starring in The Danish Girl, the story of the first known gender reassignment confirmation surgery in 1930, Eddie has been outspoken about LGBT rights. “I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself, but hopefully using that to educate [an audience]. Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated,” he told Out Magazine.

Holly Willoughby

Holly Marie Willoughby is a 35-year-old English television presenter, best known for her work with ITV television show This Morning, with co-presenter Phillip Schofield. As part of an interview on This Morning, Holly spoke to The Only Way Is Essex star, Charlie King, as he came out on national television. She has interviewed many LGBT people to raise awareness of issues such as homophobic bullying in schools, equal marriage and same-sex parenting, and is a strongly outspoken advocate of the LGBT community.

James Sutton

James Sutton is a 33-year-old English actor. He rose to fame as the character John Paul McQueen on television soap, Hollyoaks. His character’s wedding in 2014 was the first gay wedding to take place in a church on a British soap. At the time, James said it was a “big honour” to be part of it. “It’s so nice to do something happy and romantic and fun. I get a lot of hard-hitting stuff, but this is two people who are desperately in love and it’s that classic soap thing; will they make it to the alter on time?”

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She has published several best-selling recipe books and has hosted several cooking show series’ and a daytime chat show. Nigella has her own cookware range, ‘Living Kitchen’, and has won both book and media awards. She is a supporter of gay rights charity Terrence Higgins Trust, has joked that she considers herself to be a gay man in a woman’s body and told lesbian magazine DIVA that all women have it in them to fall in love with someone of the same sex.

Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer is a 37-year-old English actor, who currently stars in British TV soap, EastEnders, as Mick Carter, on screen dad of gay character, Johnny. Danny has starred in film, stage and television productions since 1993, when he made his acting debut in Prime Suspect, aged 16, and played several gay characters in his early career. In 2006, when promoting a documentary about some of Britain’s toughest men, he featured on the cover of Attitude magazine. He told The Independent, “Actually it did me a lot of favours, especially with gay people, who assumed I was homophobic. They read the interview and saw that clearly I wasn’t.”

Kim Cattrall

Kim is a 59-year-old English/Canadian actor, who rose to fame with her role as Samantha in Sex and the City. During Season 4, Cattrall’s character dated a woman, which was reported to “break barriers for LGBT actors, characters and storylines”. Cattrall has been an advocate of LGBT rights ever since. She was an outspoken supporter of equal marriage and, in 2011, GLAAD honoured her with a Golden Gate Award. She also supports the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Zoe Sugg

Zoe Sugg, 25, better known as Zoella, rose to fame through her video blogs covering beauty, fashion, relationship advice and everything in between on her YouTube channel. She currently has 10.1 million subscribers. In 2015, Zoe published her number one bestselling debut novel, Girl Online, which she said she wrote to “shed light on real things for young teens to read through fiction. I wanted to spread awareness of anxiety, of gay teens struggling with how their parents dealt with their sexuality and hard friendships, amongst other things.” Zoella’s best friend, who she often video blogs with, is Tyler Oakley, a gay video blogger and LGBT advocate.