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Carl Frampton MBE

Carl is a professional boxer and former world champion in two weight classes, having held the unified WBA (Super) and IBF super-bantamweight titles and the WBA (Super) featherweight title. At regional level he held the European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles.



Oliver Jeffers

Oliver is an artist, illustrator and writer who now lives and works in Brooklyn. He went to the integrated secondary school Hazelwood College, then graduated from the University of Ulster in 2001.




Holly Hamilton

Holly is a BBC journalist and presenter, on BBC Breakfast, the Victoria Derbyshire programme and the BBC News channel. She grew up in Greyabbey, and earned a master’s degree in politics and French from University of Dundee.




Connor Phillips

Connor is a television and radio presenter as well as a live event host. Having worked with MTV, across Ireland with RTE and UTV television and hosting the biggest Breakfast Radio Show in Northern Ireland, Connor made the move to the UK. Within a short space of time, Connor has worked with ITV, BBC, Sky TV.





Patrick Kielty

Patrick is a comedian and television personality from Northern Ireland.






Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh

Sir Branagh is an actor, director, film producer and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; in 2015 he succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president. He has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).