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We are delighted to be able to enjoy the support of several public figures,
whom like many people, have experienced the effect of neurological conditions
first hand.

The National Brain Appeal

CELEBRITY
ENDORSEMENTS

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“Without The National Hospital I might not have a mum. Thank
you with all my heart National Hospital and The National Brain
Appeal for making sure that I do. As a family, we are eternally
grateful to neurosurgeon Michael Powell all the wonderful
people who work there. The biggest thank you EVER.”

Emilia, one of Britain’s most respected acting talents
and current lead in the BBC’s Silent Witness, first
appeared on television alongside her mother Joanna
David in Pride and Prejudice (1995), before playing
Mrs de Winter in Rebecca. Other television credits
include Ballet Shoes, Merlin, and The Wrong Mans.
Emilia’s role in Polanski’s award-winning The Pianist
was followed by numerous others, including: The
Soulkeeper and Suspension of Disbelief. Theatre
credits include Coriolanus and Richard II (Almeida),
Katherine Howard (Chichester Festival), and The
Cherry Orchard (RSC).

Emilia Fox
ACTOR

Emilia is the daughter of Joanna David and Edward Fox
and sister of Freddie Fox. She has been a supporter of
The National Brain Appeal since her mother received
life-saving treatment at The National Hospital.

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ The National Hospital saved my friend Joanna’s life so I’m
thrilled to be able to support The National Brain Appeal.

In a career spanning 35 years, Charles has amassed an
impressive body of work as an actor in theatre, film and
television. His roles include Henry V and Coriolanus
for the Royal Shakespeare Company and TV credits for
The Jewel in the Crown (BAFTA nominated for best
actor), Rebecca and Bleak House. Major films include
White Mischief, Last Action Hero and Michael Collins
and more recently he has started HBO/Sky TV’s Game
of Thrones.

Charles Dance
ACTOR

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ The National Hospital saved my friend. Supporting the work of
its charity The National Brain Appeal is my way of saying 'thank
you', and helping raise awareness of their ever urgent appeals
on the road to better neurological care.”

Well known for her role in Titanic as Lady Duff
Gordon, Rosalind Ayres’ numerous film and television
appearances include Gods and Monsters,
Outnumbered, New Tricks, Holby City, Poirot and
Coronation Street. As well as many West End and
Broadway successes she has also directed and acted in
radio dramas for LA Theatre Works in America. She is
married to the actor Martin Jarvis.

Rosalind Ayres

ACTOR/DIRECTOR

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ I owe my life to the expert surgeon Michael Powell and his
wonderful team at The National. That’s why I’m urging people
to support The National Brain Appeal. There’s plenty that you
can do to raise money for this remarkable charity”

Joanna’s career spans film, television and theatre. Her
first major television role was as Elinor Dashwood in
the BBC’s 1971 dramatisation of Sense and Sensibility.
She is perhaps best known as the heroine of Daphne du
Maurier’s Rebecca, and has also appeared in Bleak
House, Miss Marple and Inspector Morse. In 2013
Joanna filmed Holby City and also joined the cast of
Downton Abbey. She has many theatre and radio
credits to her name and has recorded several
audiobooks.

Joanna David
ACTRESS

Joanna is a trustee of The National Brain Appeal and
credits The National Hospital for saving her life. Along
with her husband Edward Fox and children Freddie and
Emilia Fox, she is a passionate supporter of the charity.

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ It is a cruel fact that one in six of us will be affected by a
neurological condition. Medical science is constantly evolving
to find new treatments. The National Brain Appeal is a vital
force supporting neurologists and neurosurgeons in this
process, and I am happy to support it.”

Richard Dawkins, FRS, is an evolutionary biologist and
author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker,
The God Delusion and many other books, several of
which have been recorded with his wife, Lalla Ward, for
audio versions. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society
and the Royal Society of Literature, and winner of
prizes including the Michael Faraday Award, the
Shakespeare Prize and the International Cosmos Prize.
He retired from the Charles Simonyi Professorship in
2008 and remains a fellow of New College, Oxford. In
2013 Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers voted
him the world’s top thinker.

Richard Dawkins
AUTHOR/BIOLOGIST

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“Finding out that I had a tumour in my brain was one of the most
frightening things I've had to deal with. You feel completely
powerless. All the staff at the National Hospital supported me
compassionately through the whole journey, from first
diagnosis to recovery after the operation.”

Professional actor and writer Simon de Deney is as
well known for his plays on the Young Vic Director’s
Programme as for his political opinions. He is a regular
contributor to the Liberal Democrat Voice, and a force
for social change in Hackney where he has lived for
over 17 years.

Simon de Deney
ACTOR/WRITER

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ Thanks to The National Hospital, my wife Joanna has made a
full recovery. But it could all have been so different. Without the
incredible care and treatment she received, Joanna might not
be with us today. I’m doing what I can to support the work of
The National Brain Appeal in the hope it will help more people
like her.”

Edward Fox, renowned for his role as Edward VIII in
Edward and Mrs Simpson, has had a distinguished
career on screen and stage. He won a BAFTA for best
supporting actor in The Go Between and was the “The
Jackal” in Day of the Jackal. Other films include A
Bridge Too Far (another BAFTA winning role), Ghandi
and The Dresser. Most recently he portrayed the older
Winston Churchill in the award-winning The Audience.
He was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Edward Fox
ACTOR

Edward is married to Joanna David and is father of
Emilia and Freddie Fox. Together, they are supporting
The National Brain Appeal to raise money for The
National Hospital – where Joanna received life-saving
treatment.

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173

“ The National Brain Appeal means everything to me. It
supports the hospital that saved my mother and I’m in continual
admiration for the amazing results both the hospital and charity
achieve. ”

Freddie graduated from The Guildhall School of Music
and Drama in 2010 and is currently shooting Pride.
Later this year he will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe
and James McAvoy in Frankenstein. In 2013 Freddie
starred opposite Rupert Everett in the acclaimed
production of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss. Other
theatre credits include: Hay Fever, Cause Celebre and
A Flea in Her Ear. TV credits include the title role in the
BBC Dickens adaptation The Mystery of Edwin Drood,
Any Human Heart, Worried About The Boy, and
Parade’s End.

Freddie Fox
ACTOR

Freddie is the son of Joanna David and Edward Fox and
brother of Emilia Fox. He feels passionately about
supporting the hospital that saved his mother’s life.
Photograph: Jude Edginton

www.nationalbrainappeal.org | 020 3448 4724 | Registered Charity No. 290173


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