She’s a successful British actress, whose endeavours includes starring roles in The Tudors, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Endless Love.
But Joely Richardson, 52, has taken a step away from her A-list life to carry out charity work as a Save The Children ambassador in Uganda, Africa.
Appearing on Lorraine on Tuesday, the actress broke down as she discussed her rewarding and often difficult time helping out at the Early Childhood Development & Care centre in the Bidi Bidi camp of the country.
Scroll down for video
Emotional: Joely Richardson, 52, broke down on Lorraine on Tuesday as she discusses taking a step away from her A-list life to carry out charity work in Uganda, Africa for Save The Children
Embrace: Joely met with Mary, who attends the Accelerated Learning Programme run by Save the Children in Rhino Camp, Uganda, June 2017
Caring for child refugees in the camp, Joely spoke of the close bonds she struck up with orphaned children, whom the charity seeks to improve the quality of life of through education and healthcare.
Holding back tears, she spoke candidly of how the experience touched her.
‘You know what, I think most of us have moved into a place of compassion and the past few weeks have difficult.’
Candid: Appearing on Lorraine on Tuesday, the actress broke down as she discussed her rewarding and often difficult time helping out at the Early Childhood Development & Care centre
Meet and greet: the Save the Children Ambassador met the first group of children that arrived on the bus
Exploring: She was led to the landing point where buses carrying refugees first dock
She spoke of the experience as a life-changing one, which opened her eyes to the atrocities of young people in Uganda and the precious work Save The Children does to help them.
The Accelerated Learning Programme is designed for 12-17 year olds who have missed years of schooling due to the conflict in South Sudan, and therefore need to catch-up in accelerated classes.
These are provided by Save the Children trained teachers before entering back into the camp’s school system.
New arrivals: Joely watched the first of three buses arrive at the Imvepi reception centre in Uganda
Refugees: Joely was introduced to some of the children that had just arrived off the bus from South Sudan
Amazing cause: Joely greeted a number of women just as they arrived off the bus at Imvepi Reception Centre. They were on their way to receive health checks, hot food and be fully registered in the country
Experience: Joely met with Flavia, Senior Child Protection Officer for Save the Children in Uganda, at Imvepi Reception Centre in Uganda
The actress continued, and spoke of her hope in the future of the plight of the children.
‘Yet, people are coming to together and people rallying around. The thing we’re known for…
‘Is it age, is it life? The more we can spread it, the better. Caring about each other and do on to your neighbour.’
Honoured: The actress was greeted by Dr. Ronald Mutuma at the Save the Children health clinic in Rhino Camp
Life-changing: Joely spoke of how the experience in Africa has shaped her outlook on life
Amazing cause: Joely heard how unaccompanied children in Imvepi receive psychosocial support from trained case workers once they have been referred to Save the Children staff
Sorting: Flavia showed Joely where the operations support tent was, where the clothes are sorted before being distributed
The actress learned how unaccompanied children in Imvepi receive psychosocial support from trained case workers once they have been referred to Save the Children staff.
‘The spirit of hope will carry us on. It gets you out of your troubles.’
Joely, whose acting royalty family counts Liam Neeson and Lynn Redgrave to name a few, also broke down when speaking of the tragic events that have happened in London in the last few weeks.
Hands in the air! Joely visited The Save the children Early Childhood Care & Development Centre, Bidi Bidi camp Uganda
New experience: Joely listened to talks given by the staff
Save the Children has been operating in Uganda since 1959.
The organisation’s work is guided by the National Development Plan and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Save the Children works with key stakeholders that include children, civil society organisations, communities, donors, the Government and the media in contributing to the realisation of children’s rights.
Their mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Helping hand: Joely met Brian, as Doctor Ronald goes over his prescription medicine with his mother at the Save the children health clinic in Rhino camp
Sound advice: Joely observed as the health worker consults a mother about her child’s health
Looking out for each other: Joely met with Mary at Imvepi Reception Centre as she came to visit Save the Children staff who provided her with clothes for her one week old baby
Necessities: Mary’s baby was born as she crossed over the border from South Sudan
Teaching kindness: Joely Richardson, commented on the anti bullying poster at the Save the Children health clinic in Rhino Camp
Learning: Joely met with Sarah, a child refugee
Getting to know you! Joely looked inside her home. Sarah has been fostered within the camp and attends the Save the Children CFS
Famous family: Joely is from one of the world’s most famous acting dynasties, and is supporting a ‘Save the Children’ campaign to help child refugees
New venture: As well as that the Hollywood star spoke about her latest role in new film Red Sparrow alongside Jennifer Lawrence
Smart: Joely wore a smart ensemble for her appearance, and sported some black trousers paired with a cream silk shirt
Good cause: Joely smiled as she spoke of the happy times of her emotional trip