Hannah Waddingham: Justice4Windrush social edit

Emmy Award-winning actress Hannah Waddingham uses her voice and platform for social change, standing in solidarity with Justice4Windrush.

Having grown up in an ethnically diverse environment Hannah is passionate about standing against racism. Hannah is dedicated to raising her daughter with empathy and kindness while ensuring she learns about the history of racial injustice in the UK. Recognising the necessity of formal education on this subject in schools, she is committed to promoting awareness.

About the Justice4Windrush campaign

What started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox grew to become the fully-fledged Justice4Windrush campaign brought to life through film. Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani, Eddie Marsan and Jay Blades MBE, and a long list of musical icons such as AJ Tracey, Leee John, Don Letts, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress.

The Windrush generation refers to Caribbean migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971, in the aftermath of World War II. These individuals were invited to help rebuild Britain after the war and fill labour shortages in various sectors such as transportation, healthcare, and public services. Despite their contributions to British society, they have faced systemic racism, discrimination, and difficulties in obtaining documentation to prove their legal status in the UK.

In 2012 the Home Office’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policy led to the mass violation of rights of the Windrush generation and their descendants. As a result, more than 16,000 British citizens were misclassified as illegal immigrants. Many were wrongfully detained, deported and lost access to essential services.

In giving their stories the platform they deserve, our historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.


Glenda Caesar: Justice4Windrush social edit

After spending the majority of her life in the UK and dedicating over 20 years of service for the NHS, Glenda Caesar was wrongfully terminated and told she no right live and work in the UK.

One of her sons’ citizenship status was also wrongfully rejected. Glenda was forced to forced to rely on her children for financial support as she was unable to work and had lost access to benefits. The immense amount of pressure and burden that Glenda suffered led her to feeling suicidal. It was only after revealing her story to the media and general public that the Home Office rectified her and her son’s citizenship status. Glenda is a supporter of the Justice4Windrush campaign who continues to use her voice in the fight for justice for the Windrush generation and their descendants.

About the Justice4Windrush campaign

What started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox grew to become the fully-fledged Justice4Windrush campaign brought to life through film. Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Hannah Waddingham, Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani and Eddie Marsan, and a long list of musical icons such as AJ Tracey, Leee John, Don Letts, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress.

The Windrush generation refers to Caribbean migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971, in the aftermath of World War II. These individuals were invited to help rebuild Britain after the war and fill labour shortages in various sectors such as transportation, healthcare, and public services. Despite their contributions to British society, they have faced systemic racism, discrimination, and difficulties in obtaining documentation to prove their legal status in the UK.

In 2012 the Home Office’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policy led to the mass violation of rights of the Windrush generation and their descendants. As a result, more than 16,000 British citizens were misclassified as immigrants without a legal right to remain. Many were wrongfully detained, deported and lost access to essential services.

In giving their stories the platform they deserve, this historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.


Jay Blades MBE: Justice4Windrush social edit

Having struggled through racism, poverty and dyslexia Jay Blades MBE has risen to become one of the UK’s most recognised TV presenters and furniture restorers. It’s perhaps no coincidence that his belief in the restoration of objects stems from a belief that humans too can be repaired, fixed and rejuvenated.

Growing up in the working class area of Hackney in London, he first experienced racism at school and has since gone on to champion black artisans and act as a mentor whose example opens up paths for those who have historically been excluded. Using his profile as a prominent personality, Jay Blades has supported and stood in solidarity with the Justice4Windrush campaign.

About the Justice4Windrush campaign

What started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox grew to become the fully-fledged Justice4Windrush campaign brought to life through film. Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Hannah Waddingham, Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani and Eddie Marsan, and a long list of musical icons such as AJ Tracey, Leee John, Don Letts, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress.

The Windrush generation refers to Caribbean migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971, in the aftermath of World War II. These individuals were invited to help rebuild Britain after the war and fill labour shortages in various sectors such as transportation, healthcare, and public services. Despite their contributions to British society, they have faced systemic racism, discrimination, and difficulties in obtaining documentation to prove their legal status in the UK.

In 2012 the Home Office’s ‘Hostile Environment’ policy led to the mass violation of rights of the Windrush generation and their descendants. As a result, more than 16,000 British citizens were misclassified as illegal immigrants. Many were wrongfully detained, deported and lost access to essential services.

In giving their stories the platform they deserve, this historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.


Justice4Windrush Behind The Scenes

Providing an insight into a solidarity campaign, our Justice4Windrush behind the scenes film is a glimpse of how one of the most important stories we’ve ever told came together.

It started with a phone call from Tara, assistant to Annie Lennox and long-time collaborator. Actor Colin McFarlane was at a funeral for Caribbean-born WW2 Flight Sergeant Peter Brown, and needed a photographer. After Annie read Colin’s article about how his father had had to apply for a special permit to be allowed to land back in the UK after flying sorties for the RAF during the war, she asked how she could help.

From that point on, our collaboration developed into what became the Justice4Windrush campaign. Our big idea was to bring the great and the good together to raise awareness.

As shown in our Justice4Windrush behind the scenes film, they came together from the music industry, theatre, film and the law profession to help get the message out there to as many people as possible. The Windrush scandal has affected so many that we received a wonderful response. And importantly, we were also able to connect with the many people whose lives have been directly and disastrously impacted. This allowed us to get a representative spread of victims of the injustice assembled into one place at one time to share their story.

The end result is our film ‘Why’, which can be viewed here. And, as this was such an important campaign, we also went about capturing the action behind the scenes. Beyond what we were filming, this was a unique moment that brought everyone connected by Windrush together for the first time. As this was the birth of a new community dedicated to changing the status quo, we saw the opportunity to capture the story behind the story.

The Windrush story is not over. The Home Office scandal is not over. The fight for justice continues.

To show your support for Justice4Windrush, sign the open letter at justice4windrush.org

And to read about how the Justice4Windrush campaign came together, read our article ‘Justice4Windrush: How We Did It’, on our News page.