Olivia Colman

UNICEF UK President

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Olivia Colman first became involved with UNICEF UK in 2015 when she joined our New Year’s Eve campaign for children affected by the conflict in Syria.

Olivia has continued to be a dedicated supporter and after a number of years as a UNICEF UK Ambassador, she became UNICEF UK’s President in 2020.

Over the years Olivia has supported a number of televised campaigns for Yemen, Syria and East Africa as well as our Radio 4 appeal to raise funds for UNICEF UK’s Children Emergency Fund.

Olivia answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines

In January 2018, Olivia supported our campaign to reunite refugee families, putting pressure on the UK Government to change the rules that allow refugee children to reunite with their close family already living in the UK.

As well as her continued support for UNICEF’s work in Syria, Olivia has also been involved with programmes in the UK. In October 2017 Olivia visited a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School to learn how UNICEF is working with schools in the UK to help children to thrive and become responsible, active citizens. Rights Respecting Schools put in place a set of standards based on equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation to let children’s natural curiosity for the world and empathy for others flourish.

She has also fronted a number of appeal films for Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

Olivia continues to support our campaigning and fundraising work for children in danger around the world. In December 2018 it was announced that Olivia had lent her voice to Matt Haig’s ‘The Truth Pixie’, in a special edition audiobook of his top 5 children’s bestseller. As per the direct request of Olivia and Matt, 50p from the sale of each audiobook is going to UNICEF UK.


LONDON, UK - 12 OCT 2017: British actress and Unicef Ambassador Olivia Colman tours Wyvil Primary School with students in Vauxhall, South London during a visit to learn about Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) programme.

Pupils show Olivia around their UNICEF Rights Respecting School and explain to her how they integrate rights in the classroom and playground.

Matt Haig's The Truth Pixie, narrated by Olivia
UNICEF/Canongate Books