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TOP 8 - INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURES 2018
Alesha Dixon is a British singer, rapper, model, television presenter and talent show judge. Her career began in all-female R&B/garage trio Mis-Teeq, before pursuing a career as a solo artist. In 2007, she won Strictly Come Dancing, and later became a judge of the show in 2009. She then moved to ITV and became a judge for Britain’s Got Talent.
Babita Sharma is broadcaster and presenter for Newsday on BBC World News & the BBC News Channel. She studied journalism, film and broadcasting at University of Wales and began her career working at BBC Radio Wales. She has been presenting BBC World News show, Newsday, since 2015. Earlier this year, she spoke out against Lord Alan Sugar’s racist tweet about the Senegal football team at the World Cup.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed actors, best known for his award-winning role in 12 Years a Slave. Ejiofor attended London’s Dulwich College and prestigious drama school LAMDA, before Steven Spielberg cast him in Amistad. He was appointed an OBE in the 2008 birthday honours.
Gemma Chan is an actress, most famous for her role in Channel 4’s Humans. Her maternal grandparents were the first Chinese family to live in Greenock, Scotland, after fleeing Communist China. Chan has spoken up about racism in the industry, saying that she didn’t think being an actress was a viable option after being turned away from auditions because they were “only going to see white women”.
Born in Guyana and raised in London, Letitia Wright starred as Shuri in box-office triumph, Black Panther. An inspiration to young girls around the world, Wright has been working in film and TV since 2011, with roles in Black Mirror, Top Boy and Doctor Who. She was selected as one of Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow in 2012.
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Already a national hero his native Egypt, Mohamed Salah is a footballer for Premier League club, Liverpool. Undoubtedly one of the highest profile Muslim footballers in the UK, Salah proudly practices his faith in the public eye, despite the undercurrent of Islamophobic sentiment in British media.
On-air, on-screen and on stage, Ore has established himself as a true all-rounder since winning the 14th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
He has fronted some of the biggest national events, from the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations to One Love Manchester for BBC1. Other notable high-profile credits include regular presenting slots on The One Show and ITV’s This Morning, while Claimed and Shamed continues to be a ratings winner in the daytime schedule. Ore also dedicates much of his time to charitable causes including Comic and Sport Relief, Children in Need and Stand Up to Cancer.