Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral,
Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Mr Bean, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked, and most recently Trash, About Time and Yesterday.
In the other half of Richard’s life he is co-founder and vice-chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. The visit led to the fundraising event, Red Nose Day.
Richard has co-produced 16 Comic Relief live broadcast evenings for the BBC since 1988 and the charity has made over £1.3 billion for projects in the UK and internationally during this time. In 2015, Richard helped take Red Nose Day to the United States with the partnership of NBC and Walgreens. The partnership has so far raised nearly $150 million to help children in the USA and round the world.
Make poverty history
Richard was a founding member of Make Poverty History, the campaign for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in 2005 worked on the campaign and the Live 8 concert.
In 2015 he helped found Project Everyone. A project to make the Global Goals famous and effective – and is now a UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).