Rio Ferdinand Foundation welcomes actor Colin Salmon as our new Ambassador and Advocate for the Arts.

Photo Credit: Zoë Law

The James Bond and Krypton actor and activist for the performing arts joins the Rio Ferdinand Foundation team to support and encourage young people to pursue opportunities and careers in the acting and film industries.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is proud to announce that actor and activist Colin Salmon will be joining our team to support young people in pursuing careers in the arts and film industries. Drawing on a wealth of experience and networks, Colin will support the Foundation team to build connections and pathways for young people to take part in all areas of the acting, theatre and film industries, and provide support, advice and mentoring for participants to undertake education, training and employment in those disciplines.

Colin is a multi-talented performer having appeared in over 30 feature films since the early 1990’s – including three James Bond movies, Resident Evil and most recently Mortal Engines in 2018. Colin also appears in a host of tv roles, and is currently playing the character of General Zod in the SyFy/Warner Bros series ‘Krypton’. Colin is also an accomplished musician, playing trumpet and steel pan when his acting career allows.

Throughout his career Colin has always championed social causes and supported young people as an ambassador for the Princes Trust, a board member of Cage Cricket and as a patron of NGYT theatre group in his home town of Luton.

Colin said of his appointment:

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation reflects much of what I believe in and have supported throughout my life – that young people that are often stigmatised and marginalised on account of their background, ethnicity, accent or class have a fantastic depth of talent, commitment and skills. Unfortunately, because of a lack of access to facilities, support or encouragement, they often do not get the opportunities they need to use those assets to make a success of themselves or their communities. I hope that by lending my support and input to the Foundation I can support Rio and his team to help change that situation and support young people on the programme to succeed in their careers and in life”.

Binnie Crookes-Martin, Chair of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation said:

It is exciting for the trustees to announce Colin Salmon as an ambassador and advocate and as the latest addition the Rio Ferdinand Foundation team. Our programmes offer a wide range of pathways for young people in sports, arts and cultural activities that build transferable skills that can be utilised in both the workplace and the community. To have an advocate of the calibre of Colin in the film and performing arts industries will help us strengthen our links and offer in those fields and will provide a wonderful role model for young people who are interested in a career in the arts”.

To read more about our recent programmes read our Young Voices: Reflections on 2018/19 report