Brenda Blethyn

Too many young people are growing up with no support or guidance. With no-one to turn to, many of these young people are battling issues such as long-term unemployment, addiction, homelessness and depression, alone. Life can seem very bleak for these young people, and we need to help them before it is too late. This is why I am a proud Ambassador for The Prince's Trust. I am a huge supporter of the youth charity's work because they believe every young person deserves a chance to succeed in life.
David Leon was born in 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne. A decade ago he made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and went on to feature in hit BBC drama Cutting It, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. I spoke to the actor, producer and director about playing DS Joe Ashworth in hit ITV drama Vera; working with national treasure Brenda Blethyn, and his thoughts on being a pin-up.
I sometimes wonder whether we listen to children enough. Their world may seem like a mystery to us but young people today face pressures and dangers that we can't begin to comprehend. Through its specialist services Barnardo's works with more than a thousand sexually exploited children first hand. Many of these children have run away and are often incredibly vulnerable.
By watching the film, I learnt that more money is spent on preventing male baldness than on researching malaria - an absurdity that is underlined by the fact that for only £5 for a mosquito net, 40p for a rapid testing kit and £1.20 for emergency drugs, so many more lives could be saved.
When Comic Relief invited me to Uganda for Red Nose Day to meet families affected by malaria, I was worried and scared in equal measures. Worried about how I would cope with hearing from parents who have lost children to this deadly disease, and scared that I too could get bitten by a malaria infected mosquito and fall sick.
This week, I went to a private screening of the new Richard Curtis film Mary and Martha at The Electric Cinema in Portobello Road, London. You are asking yourself, why were you, Jo Yirrell there? Well, would you believe, I was part of the inspiration for Richard as he wrote the film.
An odd mix of famous faces showed up to welcome The King's Speech to the London stage last night, around a year after the