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Our inspirational patrons from theatre, TV, film, music, dance and politics help in a variety of ways.

The National Youth Arts Trust is grateful to have the support of inspirational patrons drawn from theatre, television, film, music, dance and politics who recognise the need for this charity and help in a variety of ways.

  • Frances Barber
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Stephen Conway, Lord Bishop of Ely
  • Imogen Cooper CBE
  • Brian Cox
  • Louise Delamere
  • Robert Delamere
  • Sir Jeremy Dixon
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • John Godber
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Gary Kemp
  • David Lammy MP
  • Denis Lawson
  • Adrian Lester OBE
  • Phyllida Lloyd CBE
  • Alistair McGowan
  • Ewan McGregor OBE
  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
  • Stephen Mangan
  • David Morrissey
  • Michael Nunn
  • Jonjo O’Neill
  • Neil Pearson
  • Grayson Perry CBE
  • Philippa Perry
  • Arlene Phillips CBE
  • Julia Somerville OBE
  • William Trevitt
  • Arabella Weir
  • Samuel West

“If I were 18 today I doubt whether I would be able to afford to go to drama school. The National Youth Arts Trust has been started so that everyone, whatever their background or financial status, can have the chance for an education in the arts. Being skint shouldn’t be a barrier to going to drama school for those talented enough to be accepted.”


Ewan McGregor OBE

Actor and NYAT Patron

“An increasing number of young people do not benefit from an education in the performing arts, nor from the opportunities for vocational training. The National Youth Arts Trust, of which I am proud to be a patron, seeks to address this issue head-on.”


Hugh Bonneville

Actor and NYAT Patron

“The National Youth Arts Trust is filling a vital gap in arts education funding by working to ensure that the performing arts do not become a luxury only for children whose parents can afford it. When we look at our young artists, we should ask how much talent they have, not how much money.”


Adrian Lester OBE

Actor and NYAT Patron

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