Actor Theo James named UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador


The United Nations refugee agency announced on Monday that British actor Theo James has been appointed as a global goodwill ambassador. James, known for his roles in the television series “The Gentlemen” and “The White Lotus,” has been supporting UNHCR since 2016. He has traveled to Greece, France, and Jordan to meet with asylum seekers and refugees, according to the agency.

According to, James shared that his family’s history has given him insight into the challenges refugees face. “During the Second World War, my grandfather was forced to flee on a small boat from Greece to Syria, and his courage and resilience have inspired me to help make a difference in the lives of displaced people,” he said in a statement.

Theo James
Theo James. Photo: The Hollywood reporter.

“My grandfather was welcomed and offered shelter by the people of Syria, allowing him to rebuild his life as a doctor and give back to the community. This experience underscores the importance of standing in solidarity with refugees who are fleeing conflicts today and helping to share their stories. They need our support now more than ever.”

“No one chooses to become a refugee. But we can all choose how to respond to people in need of sanctuary, whose lives depend on it,” James added.





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