Rachel Weisz, actress - WFP Celebrity Partner
The Award-winning British actress, Rachel Weisz, made her initial breakthrough in London's West End before grabbing the attention of the cinema world for her role in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Since then, she has starred in in a number of films including The Mummy (1999), About a Boy (2002) and Constantine (2005).
In 2005, Weisz won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of John Le Carré's thriller set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani in Kenya.
It was while shooting the latter movie that Weisz first witnessed WFP food aid at work - visiting the Nairobi slums where thousands of children and single mothers are able to avert hunger thank to international food aid provided by WFP and its partners. She subsequently agreed to appear in a special WFP cinema trailer on hunger, of which 2,500 copies were shown together with The Constant Gardener in over 20 countries around the world.
"We are grateful for the tremendous opportunity that the movie has provided to raise awareness of hunger and poverty," said former WFP Executive Director James Morris.
In May 2007, Weisz filmed a special International Mothers' Day appeal for WFP, helping to remind us of the fear that haunts mothers in developing countries: passing on the inheritance of hunger to their children. "Every new mother wonders what will I pass on. Hunger is one inheritance no mother wants to give her child, yet millions of poor mothers have for generations. Help WFP break this cycle. No child inherit hunger," she says in the PSA.
Profession: actress; born 1971 in London. Established drama group at Trinity College, Cambridge University. Star of box office hits The Mummy (1999) and About a Boy (2002). For her role in The Constant Gardener (2005), Weisz won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
WFP partner since: 2005