Emilia Fox announced as a new ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Release date: 17 January 2023

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is delighted to welcome actress Emilia Fox as a new ambassador.

Bringing her passion for nature and the arts, Emilia will focus on sharing the benefits of ‘green’ landscapes and plants for mental and physical wellbeing. She will also work to spread awareness of the importance of plants and fungi in tackling key issues - such as the biodiversity crisis and climate change - with new audiences.

Commenting on her appointment, Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, says: “We’re thrilled Emilia is joining our team of ambassadors here at Kew. Her enthusiasm for the natural world will help showcase the incredible benefits gardens can bring to everyone, and shine a light on the important work our horticulturists and scientists are undertaking in the fight against biodiversity loss.

Emilia Fox says:I’m honoured to be taking on the role of an ambassador for Kew. I’m passionate about gardens and my cottage garden in the city brings me the greatest joy. Having been brought up in the Dorset countryside I’ve always loved spending time outdoors, as nature constantly offers new things to learn and feel excited about.

We are so lucky to have a place of natural wonder in the heart of London, and I can’t wait to share the beauty and importance of Kew Gardens with others, including some who may not have visited this unique place before.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is dedicated to harnessing the power of plants and fungi to end the extinction crisis and secure a future for all life on Earth. With Kew’s world-leading research, global partnerships and beloved gardens – home to the world’s most diverse collections of plants and fungi – we’re using our trusted voice to shape policy and practice worldwide. As a charity we rely on the critical support of our visitors, not only to sustain the gardens, but to protect global plant and fungal biodiversity for the benefit of our planet and humanity.

Emilia Fox joins six other Kew ambassadors, each chosen for their unique contribution and passion for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Full list below, find out more here.

James Wong, ethnobotanist and TV presenter 

James Wong is a botanist, science writer and broadcaster, well-known for presenting Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time. Wong is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences. In 2015 The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture.

Kim Cattrall, actress

Kim Cattrall has had an extensive acting career spanning film, stage and television. In 2008, Cattrall was honoured at the Banff Media Awards with the NBC Universal Award of Distinction.

Andres Rozental, diplomat

Andrés Rozental was México’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997. A career diplomat for over 35 years, Rozental served as Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Sweden, Permanent Representative of México to the United Nations in Geneva as well as various roles within the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Since 1995, he holds the lifetime rank of Eminent Ambassador of México.

Dame Judi Dench C.H., D.B.E, actress

Actress Dame Judi Dench received an OBE in 1970, was elevated to a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988, and made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List in 2005.

David Mills MBE, conservationist

David Mills owns the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, which he founded in 1997. Before then David was a dairy farmer, with an award-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows on the farm which has now become the Wildlife Centre. In 2016, David was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to wildlife conservation.

Konnie Huq, TV presenter and writer

After graduating from Cambridge, Konnie went on to become Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008.

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About Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew Gardens’ 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, attract over 2.5 million visits every year. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 260th anniversary in 2019. Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. RBG Kew receives approximately one third of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding needed to support RBG Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.

About Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox is best known for her role as Dr Nikki Alexander in BBC’s Silent Witness. She started her career in acclaimed BBC adaptations such as Pride and Prejudice and ITV's Rebecca. Emilia’s career includes working in theatre, film, and television. She is also known for her roles as Sam in Sky’s Delicious with Dawn French, as Sally in ITV's Strangers opposite John Simm, and Valerie Hobson in the BBC's The Trial of Christine Keeler. Emilia has recently presented In The Footsteps of Killers for Channel 4 and Murdertown for Crime+Investigation. She also starred as the title role in the 2022 AcornTV drama, Signora Volpe. She presented The Remarkable Miss North documentary on the life of Marianne North, last aired in 2019 by BBC4. She is currently filming the new series of Silent Witness for BBC and recording the podcast If it Bleeds it Leads with criminologist Professor David Wilson for Global.