A host of stars gathered to express gratitude to the NHS amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Celebrities shared their appreciation for key figures for their tireless efforts to keep the nation running in the third week of its crisis shutdown ahead of Clap for the Carers’ weekly commemoration.
Among the stars featured in the video were American singer Billie Eilish (left), Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman (right) and music tycoon Simon Cowell (center), who all paid their own individual tributes to the National Health Service.
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In the video, uploaded to YouTube by NHS England, every public figure flashed their cards with the slogans #OurNHSPeople and #ThankYouNHS.
Each star said thank you – or words to that effect – to honor the NHS workers who risked their lives on the front lines to fight the coronavirus.
One of the highlights was Oscar winner Olivia, who closed the video with a touching speech honoring the NHS staff.
She said, “Across the country, people want you to know how incredible you are and how grateful we are. You are a great army of brave and wonderful people. Thank you.’
Honored: Tom Hiddleston (left) and Michael Sheen (right) shared their own tributes to the National Health Service, which takes place during the country’s third week in a coronavirus lock
Old Flames: Colin Firth (left) and his former Bridget Jones co-star Hugh Grant (right), both seen in the video, with Hugh reminding viewers of NHS advice to avoid touching their faces
American star Billie also brought her own tribute into the video, saying, “Thanks for what you do, we love you.”
Simon Cowell showed his own sign in the video, along with other British household names, Ant and Dec, Stephen Fry, David Walliams and Lorraine Kelly.
Hugh Grant added another reminder to his tribute, writing on his card for fans to ‘avoid touching their faces.’
The video was hosted by film director and producer Matthew Vaughn and released as households across the country, willing to pay further tribute to NHS employees.
Dynamic duo: Simon Pegg (left) and Nick Frost, who have both worked on films known as The Cornetto Trilogy, shared their own cards to fight the National Health Service and its employees who fight the corona virus
Away from worlds: Despite being isolated in separate homes, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly joined forces to share their own thanks for the National Health Service
Happy: EastEnders star Danny Dyer (left) and former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith (right) shared their own cards courtesy of the National Health Service
Last week, people like Claire Foy, Jenna Coleman, Elton John and Jude Law first expressed their respect in a heartfelt clip to promote the charity.
For a third week, millions of people will be knocking on the door on Thursday evening to applaud and cheer on the health workers.
Organized by the Clap For Our Carers campaign, the event was expanded to include all key employees such as supermarket staff, the emergency services and teachers working through the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, the Shard in central London and Windsor Castle were among the blue-lit locations – the color of the NHS -.
Despite his continued self-isolation after contracting Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen knocking at the door of Downing Street.
In honor of: Rachel Weisz, who previously shared a video applause for caregivers, and Sophie Okonedo (right), both featured in the long video thanking NHS staff
It’s almost time: for a third week, millions of people are knocking on the door to applaud and cheer for health workers on Thursday night (Lorraine Kelly is in the photo)
Fireworks were lit in Newcastle city center and drivers used their car’s horns to say thanks in Tooting, South London. In Glasgow bagpipes Scotland played The Brave while residents chatted with appreciation in pots and pans. The initiative follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death toll – that caused amazing scenes last month as they applauded from terraces in the cities of the countries.
This while many people in New York have made clapping a part of their daily routines, with social media videos showing people clapping for key employees at 7pm local time every night.
Last month, Boris ordered the immediate shutdown of all non-essential stores and threatened to fine or arrest people if they did not ‘stay home’ during the global crisis.
The closure lasts for a minimum of three weeks and the UK’s new state of emergency is unprecedented in modern history.
Gatherings of more than two people are banned in the most dramatic restrictions of freedom Britain has ever seen in times of peace or war, while the government is committed to stopping the spread of the deadly disease.
Dangerous: Last week, Boris ordered the immediate closure of all nonessential stores and threatened people with fines or even arrest if they did not ‘stay home’ during the global crisis (Simon and Yasmin Le Bon are pictured)