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Olivia Colman among celebrities who are selling customised videos on Cameo in aid of Afghan refugees

Olivia Colman and Bastille’s Dan Smith join a star-studded roster of famous faces who are selling Cameo custom videos in aid of Afghan refugees


A star-studded roster of celebrities have created profiles with the custom video message platform Cameo in order to raise funds for Afghan refugees.

Among the famous faces donating 100% of their earnings to Choose Love are Olivia Colman, Bastille’s Dan Smith, Dolly Alderton, Lena Headey, Toby Regbo and Nicola Coughlan, who are charging between £60 and over £250 for their time.

Choose Love is a charity which provides vital aid and services to Afghan people who have fled the country.

Beaming: Olivia Colman (pictured) and Bastille’s Dan Smith are joining a star-studded roster of famous faces who are selling customised videos on Cameo in aid of Afghan refugees

This includes clothes, shelter, support for children and groups protecting women and children’s rights.

Through Cameo, which was established in 2017, celebrities can record personalised visual greetings and join their fans for live video calls as well as direct messages in exchange for a fee.

Singer Dan Smith has garnered hundreds of orders within only twelve hours of creating his account.

He has also pledged to match his earnings for 48 hours, which he will donate in addition. 

Doing his bit: Singer Dan Smith (pictured) has garnered hundreds of orders within only twelve hours of creating his account

Doing his bit: Singer Dan Smith (pictured) has garnered hundreds of orders within only twelve hours of creating his account

It comes as the government announces plans to rehome 20,000 vulnerable, predominantly female, Afghans. 5,000 are set to arrive in the first 12 months.

Another scheme will see 5,000 interpreters and other local staff resettled. They would have worked with the British after Kabul fell to the Taliban. 

In a promotional clip, The Crown star Olivia said, ‘I’m going to do 25 of these videos to your loved ones, friends, whatever you like for Choose Love and all of the funds raised will be going to help people fleeing the Taliban.

‘You can give more than the stated amount [£262.50] if you want to. Hooray! I hope this works,’ she exclaimed. 

Committed: Olivia has pledged to record 25 videos in order to raise money for Choose Love

Dedicated: Dan will be keeping on top of his requests for 48 hours

Committed: Olivia has pledged to record 25 videos in order to raise money for Choose Love, while Dan has promised to keep on top of his requests for 48 hours

In another video, Bastille frontman Dan announced, ‘I am here on Cameo for 48 hours only to try and raise as much money as possible with your help for Choose Love.

‘An incredible organisation who are raising money to help refugees who are fleeing Afghanistan, fleeing the Taliban and having the unimaginably awful time at the moment.

‘So, you’ve got me for 48 hours. If anybody out there wants a message or whatever, just let me know and let’s see how much money we can raise,’ he concluded.

Completing the lineup is The Witcher actress MyAnna Buring, influencer Natalie Lee, Coronationa Street’s Georgia Taylor, writer Dawn O’Porter, comedian Deborah Frances-White, influencer Jo Elvin, Channel 5 star Ben Fogle, The One actor Wilf Scolding and James McVey from boyband The Vamps. 

Innovative: Through Cameo, which was established in 2017, celebrities can record personalised visual greetings and join their fans for live video calls in exchange for a fee

Innovative: Through Cameo, which was established in 2017, celebrities can record personalised visual greetings and join their fans for live video calls in exchange for a fee

Philanthropist: The famous faces will be donating 100% of their funds to Choose Love, a charity which provides vital aid and services to Afghan people who have fled the country

Philanthropist: The famous faces will be donating 100% of their funds to Choose Love, a charity which provides vital aid and services to Afghan people who have fled the country

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