On Thursday 17 November a host of top celebrities will join Clive Anderson to become the most skilled of wine buffs and wine bluffers at ActionAid's celebrity fundraising event, Call my wine bluff at the spectacular new St Pancras Renaissance five star hotel.
Clive Anderson is a barrister by training, but he is best known as an award-winning and versatile presenter, performer and writer. He rose to fame as the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, before going on to front 10 seasons of his own show, Clive Anderson Talks Back. He currently hosts Radio 4’s Loose Ends. He is the unflappable live host of events such as the BAFTAs, the London Evening Standard Film Awards, the Olivier Awards and a live two-hour special debate during Channel 4’s general election coverage in 2010. This is Clive’s third year as host of Call my wine bluff.
One of the UK's best comics, Jo Brand is the star and writer of the BBC Four sitcom Getting On, set on a hospital's geriatric ward, for which she won a BAFTA. Jo's other TV credits include Jo Brand's Hot Potatoes (BBC1) and the award-winning Through the Cakehole (Channel 4), as well as being a regular panel member on programmes such as Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You.
Multi-talented Jo has taken the part of The Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at London's Gielgud Theatre, faced the formidable Alan Sugar for Comic Relief Does the Apprentice and learned to play the organ for a sell-out appearance at The Royal Albert Hall. She also performed Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time dance routine in the 2009 Let's Dance For Comic Relief.
Jo hit the big screen this summer as a dinner lady in the blockbuster film Horrid Henry: The Movie.
Highly acclaimed actor Charles Dance is no stranger to stage and screen. In 35 years he has amassed an impressive body of work across the board from title roles with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and major work in London’s West End, Good, and Long Day's Journey Into The Night with Jessica Lange, and Shadowlands for which he received the London Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actor, through award-winning television series — The Jewel In The Crown, Rebecca, Nicholas Nickleby, Fingersmith, Bleak House and Consenting Adults.
Major films include — Plenty, White Mischief, The Golden Child, Alien 3, Last Action Hero, Hilary and Jackie, Michael Collins and Robert Altman’s Gosford Park.
His debut as a film director and writer was the hugely successful Ladies In Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. He has appeared in the television series Trinity, and Merlin as well as a new television adaptation of Going Postal by Terry Pratchet.
He will soon be seen in Roland Joffe’s new feature, There Be Dragons and Your Highness a new feature directed by David Gordon Green also staring James Franco and Natalie Portman as well as Ironclad, directed by Jonathan English, also featuring Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox.
Most recently he has starred in HBO and Sky Atlantic's Game Of Thrones and has just been filming the second series in Belfast.
Nicholas Owen is one of Britain’s best known and well-respected news presenters. He regularly presents BBC News, Britain's most watched news channel, and has hosted each of ITN's major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten. He has also appeared in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including as a contestant in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing and presenting a Prom concert on BBC 2. Nicholas also presents his own show on Classic FM on Saturday afternoons, and has been a long-term supporter of ActionAid’s projects in Sierra Leone and India.
Actor James Purefoy has starred in a wide range of roles across stage and screen. He has starred in films including Resident Evil, Vanity Fair and A Knight’s Tale as well as HBO’s epic award-winning series Rome where he played the central role of Mark Anthony.
James’ latest roles include accomplished criminal barrister William Travers in ITV drama Injustice, fearsome villain King Lot in the television series Camelot, and penitent Templar Knight Thomas Marshall in the film Ironclad. James joined Sienna Miller and Sheridan Smith in the West End production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path as handsome Hollywood heartthrob Peter Kyle. Up next for James are the roles of Kantos Kan in the Pixar animated film John Carter of Mars, Lord Charles Somerset in the drama Heaven and Earth, and Ned Allyn in the period thriller A Dead Man in Deptford.