Celebrity Watch

This week, actor Adam Godley helps open the National Autistic Society's flagship centre, while actress Anne Hathaway shows her suppport for the young people's confidential helpline charity Get Connected.

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

Actor Adam Godley, who plays autistic savant Raymond in the London West End stage production of Rain Man, joined the mayor of Kensington & Chelsea to open the National Autistic Society's flagship centre for people with autism in Ladbroke Grove, London, this week. The NAS worked closely with the production's director and cast to help them to understand the condition better. To prepare for his role, Godley visited NAS services and met people with autism.Hugh Dennis will join fellow comedians David Mitchell, Sue Perkins and Sean Lock and actors Emma Thompson and Trevor Eve in ActionAid's Call My Wine Bluff fundraiser in London on 25 November. The celebrities will try to dupe guests into believing a story behind the wines they will be tasting. Guests, rival panellists and wine experts will then guess who is telling the truth.

Anne Hathaway, the actor and star of The Devil Wears Prada, lent her support to young people's confidential helpline charity Get Connected by attending the screening of short films made by winners of its Nobody's Perfect competition at the Odeon cinema in Covent Garden, London, last month. The charity launched its Nobody's Perfect website to encourage young writers, actors and directors to send in examples of their work and win the chance to make five-minute films about the issues important to them, such as self-harm, sexuality and bullying.


Supports: RNLI

Craig, who plays James Bond in Quantum of Solace, is supporting a campaign by the RNLI to raise £2m for a new lifeboat and lifeboat station in Hoylake, Merseyside, where he grew up.

Craig has written the foreword for a new RNLI brochure publicising the appeal, in which he recalls fond memories of the old Hoylake lifeboat station.

"It was a rallying point when we were kids," he says. "Somewhere to meet, a place to climb and usually to be chased away by an annoyed lifeboat man.

"The building that replaces it is long overdue. When you consider the Hoylake station's 200-year history and the lives it has saved, its importance needs no embellishment."

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