Celebrity ambassadors

Alzheimer’s Society’s Vice-Presidents’ Patrons’ and Ambassadors’ programme began in 2007 and includes influential businesspeople, politicians, scientists, people affected by dementia and the arts. A number of our celebrity supporters are members of the programme.

Robbie Savage: Former footballer and media pundit who played for Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County as well as representing Wales. Robbie lost his Dad, Colin, to Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia, when he was just 64 years old having been diagnosed aged 58. Robbie has supported Alzheimer’s Society for a number of years, using his profile to help raise awareness and funds to support the work we do.

Robbis Savage, Alzheimer's Society celebrity ambassador

Gordon Banks OBE: Legendary goalkeeper who won the World Cup with England in 1966, Gordon’s clubs include Leicester City and Stoke City as well as representing his country 73 times. Gordon has supported Alzheimer’s Society for many years, particularly his local service in Staffordshire as he lost his brother, David, in 2012 to Alzheimer’s.  

Gordon Banks, Alzheimer's Society celebrity ambassador

David Baddiel: one of Britain’s most popular comedians. David’s Dad is currently living with Pick’s Disease and this was the subject of his stage show ‘My Family: Not the Sitcom’ and Channel 4 documentary ‘The Trouble with Dad’. David wants to use comedy to talk about dementia to raise awareness of what dementia is, and how it affects every person differently. He is joining forces with Alzheimer’s Society to continue this conversation and to encourage others to unite against dementia so no-one has to face the condition alone.

David Baddiel Alzheimer's Society dementia ambassador

Rosie Boycott: Journalist, environmentalist and academic who co-founded the women's magazine Spare Rib. Rosie's father, Charles, had dementia. 

Rosie Boycott

Jo Brand: One of Britain’s most popular comedians. Jo is a former psychiatric nurse who worked with people affected by dementia for over a decade before becoming a stand-up comic.

Jo Brand Alzheimer's Society
Tania Bryer: Broadcaster and campaigner whose father, Lionel, had dementia. Tania Bryer. Alzheimer's Society

Britt Ekland (Patron): Britt's film credits Get Carter and The Wicker Man, as well as appearing as ‘Bond Girl’, Mary Goodnight, in the 1974 James Bond blockbuster The Man with the Golden Gun. Britt’s mother, Mae-Britt, had dementia.

Britt Ekland, Alzheimer's Society
Julian Fellowes: Screenwriter, actor and novelist whose writing credits include the Oscar-winning Gosford Park and the acclaimed drama, Downton Abbey. Julian Fellowes, Alzheimer's Society
Russell Grant: Actor, TV presenter and Astrologer Royal. Russell’s grandmother had dementia. Russell Grant, Alzheimer's Society
Ruth Langsford: Presenter of ITV’s Loose Women and This Morning. Ruth father, Dennis, had Alzheimer’s disease for 17 years. He died in 2012 aged 85. Ruth Langsford, Alzheimer's Society
Sally Lindsay: Actor whose starred in Mount Pleasant, Ordinary Lies, Scott and Bailey, Coronation Street and Still Open All Hours. Sally’s grandmother, Ellen, was diagnosed with dementia aged 60 and died in 1990 aged 70. Sally Lindsay, Alzheimer's Society
Richard McCourt: Actor and TV presenter best known as one half of the popular children’s comedy duo, Dick and Dom. Richard’s Mum, Helen, died in 201,0 aged 64, of Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia. Richard McCourt, Alzheimer's Society
Lawrie McMenemy MBE: Former football manager who won the FA Cup in 1976 with Southampton. Lawrie has personal experience of dementia in his family. Lawrie McMenemy, Alzheimer's Society
Carey Mulligan: Oscar-nominated actress with starring roles in films including An Education, Drive, Never Let Me Go, The Great Gatsby and Suffragette. Carey’s grandmother Margaret, known as Nans, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004. Carey Mulligan, Alzheimer's Society
Arlene Phillips CBE: Choreographer and theatre director of numerous West End and Broadway musicals. Arlene’s father, Abraham, had Alzheimer’s for more than a decade before his death in 2000, aged 89. Arlene Phillips, Alzheimer's Society

Fiona Phillips: Broadcaster, TV presenter and newspaper columnist whose parents were both diagnosed with dementia. Fiona’s mother, Amy, had Alzheimer’s until her death in May 2006 and her father, Phillip, who was diagnosed with the disease shortly afterwards, died in February 2012. 

Fiona Phillips, Alzheimer's Society

Angela Rippon CBE: Broadcaster, journalist and TV presenter. Angela’s mother, Edna, was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 and died in 2009.

Angela Rippon, Alzheimer's Society

‚ÄčSir Tony Robinson: Actor, TV presenter and writer best known for his starring role, Baldrick, in the comedy series, Blackadder, and the archaeology show, Time Team. Sir Tony’s parents, Leslie and Phyllis, both died of dementia.


Tony Robinson, Alzheimer's Society

Meera Syal CBE: Award-winning writer, actress and comedian whose work includes the popular television series' The Kumars at Number 42 and Goodness Gracious Me. Meera has a family member living with dementia. Meera Syal, Alzheimer's Society
Kevin Whately: Actor whose work includes Lewis, Inspector Morse, Peak Practice and the classic series, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Kevin’s mother, Mary, died with dementia in 2009. Kevin Whateley, Alzheimer's Society

Dame Judi Dench (Patron): One of the country’s most respected actors of film, TV and stage whose work includes Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown, As Time Goes By as well ‘M’ in the James Bond franchise. Dame Judi received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the author, Iris Murdoch, in the film, Iris, who had dementia.

Judi Dench, Alzheimer's Society

Anne Robinson (Vice-President): Broadcaster, journalist and TV presenter whose work includes Watchdog, Points of View and The Weakest Link. Anne’s mother had dementia.

Anne Robinson, Alzheimer's Society