Payments made to celebrities

FOI request reference: F0049456
Publication date: July 2017


I am looking for information about payments to celebrities. Please could you provide me with the following:

1. Please could you provide a list of celebrities who have received payments over the past three calendar years (2015/16/17) up until the present date.

2. In each case where a celebrity has been paid please could you state how much they were paid, the date they were paid and why they were paid (i.e. promotional campaign/advert, speaking fee, performing fee, appearance fee etc).

3. In each case where a celebrity has been paid please could you include any expenses that were also paid and detail what they were for (travel, accommodation etc). Please could you break down what was paid to the celebrities in fees and what was paid to them in expenses.

Please note, for the purpose of this request a ‘celebrity’ should be taken to mean a famous person in sport, entertainment, film, music, reality TV, vlogging, or any other field.

If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you also please include your responses to those requests.




Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions which may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request and we are pleased to be able to provide most of this information to you.

Over the past three calendar years (2015/16/17) The National Archives has made one payment to a well-known person, the details of this payment are listed below.

Date – 03/06/2015
Amount – £40.20
Description – Travel Expenses

The name of the individual concerned is exempt under section 40(2) of the FOI Act. For further information about why this exemption has been applied, please see the explanatory Annex at the end of this letter.

Advice and assistance
The National Archives’ Marketing and Communications team have confirmed that any well-known person they engage with as an ambassador or supporter of a project is done through goodwill.

The National Archives has not received any previous FOI requests similar to your request. Responses to FOI requests received by The National Archives are published on our online transparency pages.

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