In October 2018, Chris Packham announced that he was transitioning towards a vegan diet. Just a couple of months later, the television host and naturalist became an ambassador for Veganuary!
Born in 1961, the nature photographer, presenter and author, has made a household name for himself by fronting a series of programs dedicated to the wonder of nature. Known to a generation as the host of The Really Wild Show (from 1986 to 1995), his career has also included many other well-loved appearances in front of the camera – the seasonal BBC nature series, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, have become classic television for people across the United Kingdom fascinated by the natural world.
Away from the screen, Packham’s love of animals has seen the New Forest resident bestowed with many titles – he is the president of both the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust, and the vice-president of the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation and patron to many more like-minded conservation charities!
Sarah-Jane Crawford is an English television and radio presenter, actress, voice-over artist, and DJ best known for her radio work with BBC Radio 1Xtra and television work with E! Network, ITV2 on The Xtra Factor, BBC and Channel 4.
Sarah-Jane was inspired to try vegan in May 2015 after Beyoncé announced that she was trying a 21-day vegan challenge. Sarah-Jane decided to do a similar three-week challenge. During that time, she was convinced to stay vegan after speaking with artist JME on her radio show and then watching documentaries on factory farming. She has found that going vegan has given her a new sense of empathy and compassion. And, as she’s feeling better than ever, she’s never looked back!
Pioneering plant-based chef Derek Sarno is Director of Plant Based Innovation at Tesco, where he is leading the company’s efforts to bring delicious, unpretentious vegan foods to market. He is also Co-Founder of Wicked Healthy – a community of chefs and food enthusiasts that celebrates the artistry and awesomeness of plant-based cooking.
Anthony Mullally is an Ireland rugby league international player who plays for Leeds Rhinos in the European Super League. An Ireland international, he played for his country at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Having been vegetarian for a while, Anthony was increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the egg and dairy industries. Since going vegan he's noticed his performance, strength and recovery improve.
Television presenter Jasmine Harman is well-known to those in the UK as the face of A Place In The Sun: Home Or Away?
Taking part in Veganuary in 2014, she says that going vegan was an ethical decision which started when she was having trouble breastfeeding her daughter. ‘I just thought how can it be so difficult? Why do cows find it so easy to make milk for no reason? And I had this sudden dawning that cows don’t make milk for no reason. Cows make milk because they’ve had a baby. And then I started thinking what happens to the baby? I started looking into it and what I discovered completely horrified me. I didn’t stop crying for about three days and I’ve never again touched dairy products.’
Irish actor and model Evanna Lynch is best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies.
Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch says of her decision to go vegan, ‘it was just the right path for me. I felt like as soon as I went vegan, I was more myself, like I was just living according to what I believed, which is such a freeing thing when you finally commit to it. I never found a religion or a faith that was exactly in line with what I believed because there are so many things I’m not sure about, but I strongly believe in non-violence, that we shouldn’t be hurting other people or creatures.’ Since becoming vegan Evanna has become a vocal animal rights activist and recently launched a vegan podcast, The ChickPeeps.
Winner of the 2014 Chortle Breakthrough Comedy Award, Sara has gone on to become one of the best-known stand up comedians in the UK. She also starred in UK Channel 4 sitcom Campus, and is often on our TV screens in shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Live At The Apollo and QI.
Vegetarian since the age of seven, she went vegan in 2013.
Team GB triathlete Dan Geisler picked up a silver medal at the World Triathlon Championships in 2017 eight months after turning vegan.
He describes his change to a plant-based diet as ‘a very, very good decision’. He says: ‘I’ve never been faster, never been able to recover quicker, never looked better, I’ve never raced better. I went vegan for a challenge, and now I’ve stayed vegan because it’s offered benefits to my life.’
Tammy Fry is a passionate ambassador for all things that are good for the planet, your body and your plate, sustainable, and green.
Her over-a-decade experience at the helm of marketing at Fry’s Family Foods (an international producer of vegan food) is guided by nutritional expertise, a love of fitness, and of the environment and an outdoor lifestyle. Enabling others to live a happier and more energetic life through plant-based nutrition is the cornerstone of her passion.
Carl is a multi-award-winning comedian who’s performed at pretty much every comedy festival there is.
He says that going vegan five years ago was the best decision he ever made. ‘Within a week, I felt like a different person. I used to have stomach problems, a lot of ulcers - they cleared up. My mental health was definitely helped.’
John is an advanced personal trainer and vegan nutritionist. A life-long vegan, John has been involved with weight-training for the last 47 years.
Looking much less than his 61 years, he is a firm believer in the potential of veganism for superior health, longevity and mind-body improvement.
Jack Monroe is a British food writer, journalist and activist known for the hugely popular blog, Cooking on a Bootstrap, which features delicious, simple and incredibly cheap meals for cooks on a budget. She has also published two books and writes a number of columns on food and politics in UK newspapers.
Having turned vegan after becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the consumption of animal products, Jack is keen to emphasise that following a vegan diet doesn't mean missing out, declaring 'I eat like a king!'
Peter Egan is an award-winning stage and screen actor perhaps best known for his roles in Downton Abbey and '80s movie classic Chariots of Fire.
Already a strong advocate for animal rights, he participated in Veganuary in 2016. Discovering just how many alternatives there are that replace the foods he used to rely on, he’s remained vegan ever since.
Michael is three-time Irish National Pole Champion and UK Pole Champion as well as a Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Nutritional Advisor. He went vegetarian in 2014, and then vegan a year later.
Terri is three-time World Doubles Pole Champion as well as two-time Irish National Solo Champion. Vegetarian since the age of 12, she went vegan in 2015. A world champion in pole, a sport that uses every single muscle group and requires lots of strength and endurance, Terri is adamant when she says ‘I obtain all the protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals I need from my diet.’