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Matt Lucas becomes new ambassador for children’s charity Theirworld

Theirworld is delighted to announce that actor, comedian and television presenter Matt Lucas has become the charity’s latest ambassador.

In his new role, Matt will support Theirworld’s mission to end the global education crisis and give every child the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.

The star has supported Theirworld for several years. In 2017, he revived his much-loved character George Dawes – complete with pink onesie – as part of the charity’s #5for5 campaign, which called on world leaders to prioritise five crucial interventions needed for children aged 0 to 5.

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Matt Lucas participating in the 5for5 campaign in 2017 (Geoff Crawford / Theirworld )

Other ambassadors supporting Theirworld’s work include actor Minnie Driver, illustrator and author Nick Sharratt, writer and presenter Sandi Toksvig OBE, magician Dynamo, and film and animation director Steve Nguyen.

Lucas first came to prominence playing George Dawes on Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. He co-wrote and co-starred in sketch show Little Britain alongside David Walliams. He currently co-hosts The Great British Bake Off and has also appeared in numerous film projects, including Disney’s Alice in Wonderland films, Paddington, Bridesmaids and Warner Bros’ forthcoming Wonka.

“I’m delighted to be joining Theirworld as an ambassador to support the crucial work it does. Education is vitally important for a children’s life chances, and it’s a tragedy that more than 260 million children around the world are out of school.”

Matt Lucas, Theirworld ambassador

Matt said: “I’m delighted to be joining Theirworld as an ambassador to support the crucial work it does. Education is vitally important for a children’s life chances, and it’s a tragedy that more than 260 million children around the world are out of school.

“It will be a privilege to raise awareness of the global education crisis and what needs to be done to help the world’s most vulnerable children to get the education they deserve, especially in the early years.”

Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Matt has chosen to support us at such a crucial time for children’s education. Now more than ever, as the world watches in horror as tens of thousands of children are forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, world leaders need to step up and properly invest in education.”