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Patrons

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 DL
  • Rt Rev Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely
  • Dame Imogen Cooper DBE
  • Brian Cox CBE
  • Louise Delamere
  • Robert Delamere
  • Sir Jeremy Dixon
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • John Godber OBE
  • Jane Thornton
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir Derek Jacobi CBE
  • Gary Kemp
  • David Lammy MP
  • Denis Lawson
  • Adrian Lester CBE
  • Phyllida Lloyd CBE
  • Stephen Mangan
  • Alistair McGowan
  • Ewan McGregor OBE
  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
  • Yolanda Mercy
  • David Morrissey
  • Michael Nunn OBE
  • Jonjo O’Neill
  • Neil Pearson
  • Grayson Perry CBE RA
  • Philippa Perry
  • Dame Arlene Phillips CBE
  • Matthew Schellhorn
  • Julia Somerville OBE
  • William Trevitt OBE
  • Arabella Weir
  • Samuel West
  • Nancy Wilde

“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.”

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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.”

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Hugh Bonneville DL

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.”

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Adrian Lester CBE

Actor and NYAT Patron


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