November 20, 2016

Can you name celebrities who shared their childhood pictures for our #5for5 campaign?

Ewan Watt

Online Editor, Theirworld

To mark Universal Children's Day, we asked celebrities to show their support for Theirworld's #5for5 campaign on early childhood development by sharing their own childhood pictures. Can you spot the famous young faces including Kim Cattrall, Patrick Stewart and Sharon Osbourne?

Today is Universal Children's Day - a chance to spotlight the need for world leaders to invest in early childhood development for every child in every country.

Children need nutrition, care and learning for the best start in life. That's why Theirworld launched the #5for5 campaign, which has been backed by Antonio Guterres, who will become the new United Nations Secretary-General in January.

To show that young children around the world need your support, we asked people to share a picture of themselves under the age of five. That's because 90% of a child’s brain has developed by the time they’re five. Poorer or marginalised children who can’t access the support and care they need are put at a disadvantage. They can end up starting school with a limited vocabulary and reduced ability to learn, which will affect their opportunities in later life.

To help those children to fulfil their potential, share your own childhood picture for Theirworld's #5for5 campaign today - and see if you can guess the identities of the famous people from the pictures they shared of themselves as young children. And scroll down slowly so that you don't see the names too soon from their Twitter or Instagram pages!

Patrick Stewart, star of stage and screen. Best known for his roles as Captain Picard on Star Trek: Next Generation and the X-Men movies

Pearl Mackie became Doctor Who's new assistant in the long-running British TV series this year.

Matt Lucas is the British actor, comedian and writer best known for TV's Little Britain and playing both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland films.

Photo credit: Twitter/RealMattLucas

She's judged young talent on The Factor in the UK and America's Got Talent - now Sharon Osbourne has this young picture of herself.

Photo credit: Facebook/SharonOsbourne

Actress Minnie Driver, seen here at a Theirworld event in California. The Oscar-nominated star of American TV show Speechless has long been a defender of marginalised children’s rights and has been a Theirworld Ambassador since 2015.

Rainn Wilson has starred in the American version of the TV comedy The Office and had a string of film roles. He and wife Holiday Reinhorn founded the Lide Foundation that uses the arts to empower at-risk adolescent girls in Haiti.

Photo credit: SoulPancake

Kim Cattrall - star of the Sex and the City TV series and films - has backed many of Theirworld's campaigns for children's rights.

Photo credit: Facebook/Kim Cattrall

Julian Morris is the star of TV's New Girl and Hand of God and the film Felt has been supporting Theirworld’s initiatives since he became an Ambassador in 2015. At events, on screen or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, Julian has been a key campaigner for our #UpForSchool, #SafeSchools, #RewritingTheCode and #5for5 campaigns.

Man of many parts - comedian, actor, writer, presenter, campaigner and star of Twitter. Now starring in American TV sitcom The Great Outdoors.

Photo credit: ITV

English actor and comedian Miranda Hart is best known for her roles in TV series Call The Midwife and Miranda.

Piers Morgan - the former British newspaper editor, CNN chat show host and judge on both Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent.

Gordon Brown is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Steve Nguyen is a renowned American film and animation director, writer and producer who became a Theirworld Ambassador in 2015.

Photo credit: Twitter/Steve Nguyen

Eddie Izzard is an English comedian, actor and writer who campaigns on a range of issues. He has made many TV and movie appearances.

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Award-winning children's author and illustrator Nick Sharratt has been a supporter of Theirworld. Nick went with us to Lebanon last week to visit out-of-school Syrian refugee children and run an illustration workshop.

Former boxer Audley Harrison won an Olympic gold medal and a European title.

Sarah Brown is the President of Theirworld and a passionate advocate for global education and health issues. Her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning.

We are a children's charity committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation.

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