The National Autistic Society enjoys the support of a range of celebrities 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.
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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.
Actress, renowned baker and author Jane Asher is President of the NAS – a role she has had since 1997.
Actor Tim is best known for The Archers, BBC drama By the Sword Divided and The Thick of It.
Sally & John Bercow
Sally and John are Vice Presidents of the NAS and support the charity’s wide range of fundraising and campaigning activities.
Made in Chelsea
star Francis is a supporter of the NAS’ awareness raising and fundraising events.
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.
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.
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 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 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 families living with autism.
Comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist and musical director Tim supports the charity’s fundraising work.
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.
The acclaimed Japanese concert pianist has designed a series called Jamie’s Concerts specifically designed for parents and carers of children with autism, giving them the rare chance to relax and listen to live classical music. http://uk.jamiesconcerts.com/
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 the NAS’ Radlett Lodge school.
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 with autism to engage in sport.
The glam rock legends have supported our fundraising work.
Alison is best known for the roles of Beverley in Abigail’s Party, Mrs Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and as Pamela in Gavin and Stacey.
World-renowned fashion, beauty and royal photographer John has a son with autism. He and his wife Marianne are Vice Presidents of the NAS, collaborating on the Transforming Lives project to improve the transition process between childhood and adulthood for young people with autism.
Richard Wilson OBE
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 Grave, Dr Who and Father Ted. He’s an Ambassador for NAS Scotland.