As one of Britain’s most prolific and popular actresses Vicky McClure MBE became Teenage Cancer Trust’s first Icon in Autumn 2022.
Known for her roles as Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty, Lana Washington in TriggerPoint and Lol Jenkins in the This Is England series, Vicky first became an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2013, when she opened the Hogarth Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Nottingham City Hospital. Since then, she has supported the charity in a range of different ways. She has donated clothes worn on-screen, signed scripts from Line of Duty and signed copies of her book The Jase Files to help us raise much needed cash.
Vicky’s first activity for Teenage Cancer Trust after becoming an Icon was to curate a gig in her hometown, Nottingham, aimed at young people supporting their peers. This was headlined by Nottingham’s MOBO winner BRU-C and supported by rising stars from the Rebel City, Kingdom Rapper and Jah Digga. Her goal is to raise enough money to fund a Nottingham Unit for 12 months.
This Is Nottingham
Since becoming an Icon, Vicky has visited both Nottingham units and recorded a ten-year birthday message for the Hogarth Teenage Cancer Trust unit, visited Queen’s Medical Centre as part of her book promotional tour, even securing a young Top Gear fan a facetime with Paddy McGuiness. When she turned 40 in 2023 she even ran a birthday fundraiser in aid of us and the Our Dementia Choir cause. Soon after she was awarded an MBE in the King’s first Birthday Honours list for her services to Drama and Charity.
Vicky said: “I have loved being part of the Teenage Cancer Trust family, and was honoured to become their first Icon. I feel so connected to both of the incredible units in Nottingham, and it is crucial that young people have access to the amazing care and support that Teenage Cancer Trust provides, day in, day out.”