Our Patrons

Jim Carter & Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton CBE has had a long career on stage, screen and television. Notable screen performances include Vera Drake,for which she won a BAFTA , Maleficent, Pride and Finding Your Feet. She was memorably frightening as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter. For her stage work Imelda has won 4 Olivier awards. Recent work includes Follies, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd.

Jim Carter met Imelda at the National Theatre in the 1982 production of Guys and Dolls. Screen credits include The Madness of King George, A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and Transformers : The Last Knight. TV work includes the Singing Detective, Cracker, King Lear with Anthony Hopkins and 6 series of Downton Abbey in which he plays the Butler Mr Carson. For over 30 years Jim performed a stage magic act.

We are proud and delighted to be patrons of Breathe. Over the years, we have been lucky enough to attend several magic camps and shows and we are constantly amazed at the skill, energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of the Breathe team - and the spectacular and potentially life changing results that they achieve. This is a great charity which really works and we are strongly committed to supporting them in any way we can.

Jim & Imelda


Natalie Rushdie is a classically trained soprano who has sung at world-famous venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Wembley Stadium and the London Coliseum.

Natalie has built an impressive following for herself in recent years following her national tour with classical group BLAKE, live performances at Wembley Stadium & RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for charities including the British Heart Foundation, WellChild, Cystic Fibrosis and more. Known for her stunning classically-trained voice, in summer 2017, Natalie debuted a new musical direction when she performed a series of sold-out concerts at Live at Zédel with a set that paid tribute to the great divas of Broadway and the West-End from Doris Day to Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland.

Natalie performs regularly as part of Breathe’s Performing Arts Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

I feel privileged to be a Patron of Breathe. Having spent time in a hospital, I know it can be a daunting, nerve-wracking and stressful place for both patients and staff.

Natalie Rushdie


James is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle and a two-times winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Award, but he now uses sleight of hand in a different field… as a pickpocket! His one-man show ‘James Freedman: Man of Steal’ transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre to London’s West End.

In 2015, City of London Police appointed James as their first UK Fraud Prevention Ambassador. In his keynote presentation “How to Commit Fraud” James demonstrates genuine techniques used by criminals before sharing simple methods to stay safe.

James has taught secrets, magic and sleight of hand to actors including Helena Bonham-Carter, Sir Ian McKellen, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz. His work won an Intermedia-Globe-Silver Award at the WorldMediaFestival.

“Breathe Magic is real magic. It is overwhelming and inspiring to see the young magicians conjure up their confidence and master miracles that they previously thought impossible. I am humbled and delighted to be involved with this wonderful organisation.”

James Freedman