Thursday, 12 November 2015

Celebrities Who Have Donated Blood or Supported Blood Donation

From the Archives
Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973) (Courtesy:

This list was originally compiled for my old blog on 6th December 2011(1). It was updated today 12th October 2015. The first list consisted of people who had given blood and may continue to donate. When rewriting the list I found it difficult to differentiate between those who donate and those who support blood donation, to the extent I almost deleted the draft. After all, what would be the point of a list of people who support blood donation? Then, I decided it was better to post on blood donation, with a few names to draw in readers, than not to do so at all. Some names on my 20ll blog post, like Jayne Torvill and Gary Lineker, are still on the website, so they seem like genuine donors. For new 2015 additions, there is an asterisk* nest to their name; the remiander date back to 2011. It will be interesting to compare this post in another four years time, which will be 2019.

•  Sarah Beeny* (b.1972) is an English property developer and television presenter, best known for presenting the Channel 4 property shows Property Ladder, Property Snakes and Ladders, Streets Ahead, Britain’s Best Homes, Help! My House is Falling Down, Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, Double Your House for Half the Money and Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses. Sarah said she did not require a transfusion during childbirth, which inspired her to donate for those who do need the procedure.

•  Graham Bell* (b.1966) is a former professional skier who achieved a silver medal at the World Junior Ski Championships in 1984 and represented Great Britain at five Winter Olympics in: Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994 and Nagano 1998. He now works as a TV presenter for Ski Sunday and journalist.

•  Gordon Bennett (1955-2014), Australian artist, sadly passed away in 2014, but deserves to remain on the list as a donor.
•  Chris Bisson (b.1975), a British actor best known for playing Vikram Desai in Coronation Street and Jai Sharma in Emmerdale.
•  Jude Bolton (b.1980), former Australian rules footballer who represented the Sydney Swans.
•  Pat Boone (b.1934), American singer and actor.
•  Richard Branson (b.1950), British businessman and founder of the Virgin Group.
•  Kristin Cavallari (b.1987), American actress who is a star of The Hills TV series.
•  Jackie Chan MBE (b.1954), martial arts actor from Hong Kong.
•  Sara Cox (b.1974), British DJ who made her name presenting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 between 2000 and 2003, but now hosts Sounds of the 80s on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday nights at 10pm.
•  Miley Cyrus (b.1992), an American actress and singer, who is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and starred in children’s television series Hannah Montana in 2006.
•  Alesha Dixon (b.1978), British singer and judge on Strictly Come Dancing, who found fame with girl-group Mis-Teeq.
•  Josh Duhamel (b.1972), American TV actor and star of the Transformers films.
•  Sophie Ellis-Bextor (b.1979), British singer and Janet Ellis’s daughter. She gave blood for the first time during National Blood Week of summer 2011 and said she planned on becoming a regular donor.
•  Jenny Frost (b.1978), British TV presenter and singer with Atomic Kitten.

•  Wayne Hemingway* MBE (b.1961), an English fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead.

•  Greg James* (b.1985) is a British radio DJ and TV presenter, most famous for hosting the drivetime show on Monday to Friday, at 16:00-19:00, on BBC Radio 1. When he was born he was very ill and had three full blood transfusions,

•  Saira Khan* (b.1970) was the runner-up on the first UK series of reality television show The Apprentice in 2005. Since then she has co-presented The Martin Lewis Money Show, from 2012, and presented a new ITV daytime show called Guess This House (2015). Saira’s blood group is A-, one of the rarer blood types, with just 7% of people having this group.

•  Penn Jillette (b.1955), the talking half of the magic duo Penn & Teller.
•  Chris Judd (b.1983), a former Australian rules footballer and captain of both the Carlton Football Club and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).
•  Gary Lineker OBE, an English former international footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England’s record for the number of goals scored in FIFA World Cup finals, which is 10. In the early 1990s, his eldest son George survived, as a baby, a rare form of leukaemia. As a result, Lineker now supports children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and has since appeared in advertisements encouraging people to give blood.

•  Sophia Loren* (b.1934) was famously mobbed by a large crowd at the Piazza Del Popolo in Rome, in 1962, while escorted by film director Vittorio De Sica. She signed autographs then sat inside a Red Cross van with a doctor and had her blood pressure taken before giving blood(2).

•  Kym Marsh (b.1976), achieved fame as a singer after winning Popstars with the band Hear’Say in 2000. She left the group two years later for a solo career, but is now best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street.
•  Dr. Phillip McGraw (b.1950), American TV personality

•  Penny Smith* (b.1958), newsreader and TV presenter-turned-author, said she has been a regular blood donor since she was 18.

•  Sun Park (b.1981), Australian actress, singer and presenter.
•  Rascal Flatts, American country band formed in 1999 and active to date.

•  Jorgie Porter* (b.1987), star of the Channel 4 TV drama Hollyoaks, as Theresa McQueen.
•  Rachel Riley* (b.1986) is an English television presenter best known for being a co-presenter, with Nick Hewer, on Countdown on Channel 4. She replaced Carol Vorderman as the co-host in presenting the letters and numbers selection and mathematics solutions. Rachel achieved an upper second-class honours degree in mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford.

•  Jane Seymour OBE (b.1951), British actress who played Solitaire in the James Bond film, Live and Let Die (1973).
•  Mark Smith (b.1969), a body builder who played ‘Rhino’ in the Gladiators TV series. He donates bone marrow.
•  Curtis Stone (b.1975), Australian chef, TV presenter and author.
•  Niki Taylor (b.1975), American supermodel.
•  Jayne Torvill OBE (b.1957), British Olympic gold medallist ice dancer and star of the Dancing On Ice TV series, which ran from 2006 to 2014.

•  Twin B*, real name Alec Boateng, is the host of a breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

•  The cast of The Vampire Diaries (2009 to date) and Twilight , American TV series. Rachelle 
 Lefevre*, who plays the vampire Victoria in the Twilight (2008) series has been photographed giving blood.

I would urge healthy readers to consider blood donation as it takes only a little of your time, but can transform and even save lives. Blood cannot be given more frequently than 16 weeks, which is only three times a year. To find out more, the UK link is:

Originally posted on Tuesday 6th December 2011

(1) Famous Blood Donors from December 2011:
(2) Footage of Sophia Loren becoming a blood donor on British Pathe:
(3) The 2015 campaign:


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