James Nesbitt

Unicef UK Ambassador

Actor James Nesbitt OBE, known for his roles in Cold Feet, The Missing and Lucky Man has been an Ambassador since 2005 after being introduced to Unicef UK through his favourite football team Manchester United.

Football has been a running theme with James’ involvement with Unicef and he has supported Soccer Aid since its inception in 2006, when he visited Zambia to see our work for children living with HIV and AIDS. For Soccer Aid 2, he visited projects in Georgia to understand issues facing institutionalised children and for Soccer Aid 3 he saw Unicef’s work in Guinea for children living with malaria.


James in Georgia for Soccer Aid 2008 to highlight the issue of child abandonment.

It allows me to use my job to do something that really makes a difference… My trips also remind me, time and time again, how similar children are all over the world.

Whoever I meet and whatever difficulties they face the children are the same. They laugh at the same things – a funny face, a stupid noise – they cry when they fall over.

James Nesbitt, Unicef UK Ambassador

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James has travelled widely with Unicef, raising awareness and vital funds to keep children safe. His first trip was to India in 2005 to see Unicef funded education projects and he later travelled to Sudan to see our programmes rehabilitating child soldiers.

James also supports our fundraising events and appeals, including recently the Unicef UK Halloween Ball as well as our UK programme work.


James in Sudan in 2007 talking to a former child soldier who was being helped by Unicef to reintegrate back into his community.