F1 British GP celebrities: Luke Littler and Emilia Clarke lead list of stars at Silverstone

Sir Brian May, Tom Hiddleston and Luke Littler will also head to Silverstone this weekend

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The British GP is one of the most lucrative events on the F1 calendar and is the oldest race in the sport’s so it’s only natural that some of the biggest names in the celebrity sphere head to Silverstone from the entertainment, music and sports industries.

The 52-lap race in Northamptonshire first took place back in 1950 when it was attended by Queen Elizabeth II, who was then a princess, but there will be no members of the British Royal Family in attendance on July 7.

Despite that, F1 British GP celebrities see a list of iconic names heading to the paddock as it becomes increasingly popular among celebrities, attracting a star-studded crowd to races around the world and to the 2024 British GP.

Celebrities play a significant role in influencing the popularity of F1 in several ways. When high-profile celebrities attend events, they bring attention to the sport through their massive social media followings and media coverage. This exposure helps introduce the sport to new audiences who might not have been previously interested in motorsports.

Liberty Media and teams deliberately invites celebrities as part of its marketing approach. A single post on a celebrity’s social media account can be worth millions in advertising value to F1, highlighting how the presence of A-list stars adds to the glamorous image of the sport.

Events like the British GP are known for attracting celebrities, enhancing the sport’s prestigious reputation, from various fields – actors, musicians, athletes, and models, helping to bridge the gap between motorsport and other areas of popular culture and there are some mega names on show, so let’s dive in.

Rowan Atkinson

Atkinson, CBE, is a legendary actor, comedian, and writer renowned for his timeless comedic characters, notably Mr Bean and Blackadder, which have achieved global acclaim. His mastery of physical comedy and expressive acting has influenced generations of comedians and entertainers, making him an enduring figure in the world of comedy.

And he’s also an avid F1 fan! As a passionate fan of the sport, Atkinson often seen attending races and supporting the McLaren team. His love for cars and racing extends beyond fandom, as he has participated in car-related activities and events, showcasing his deep interest in the high-speed, technical world of racing.

Now aged 69, the adored actor will be a guest of Mercedes and of F1, so let’s see if the cameras capture any iconic gestures from the diverse actor.

Emilia Clarke

Clarke is an award-winning actress best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, a performance that earned her critical acclaim and an iconic status in one of the most popular television shows of all-time.

Trained at the Drama Centre London, Clarke‘s career also includes roles in films like Terminator Genisys, Me Before You, and Solo: A Star Wars Story whilst beyond her acting career, she is involved in various charitable endeavours.

Clarke founded SameYou, a charity aimed at supporting young adults recovering from brain injuries and strokes, following her own experiences with brain aneurysms and she also calls for women to accept the ageing process without turning to excessive cosmetic procedures to try to preserve their youthful looks.

For the 2024 British GP, she will be a guest of F1.

Tom Hiddleston

Hiddleston is a distinguished English actor renowned for his versatility and charisma both on stage and screen whilst beyond his vocation, he is known for his eloquence, humility, and philanthropic efforts, supporting various causes, including UNICEF.

He gained international fame for his portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Thor in 2011 and continuing through several subsequent films and the Disney+ series Loki.

His performance has garnered a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim that has often seen the Brit linked to one of the biggest roles in movie franchise history, James Bond, although it remains to be seen whether he will take up the mantle.

The God of Mischief will be a guest of McLaren this weekend, so will he sprinkle some misfortune on the rivals of Lando Norris’ papaya-coloured car?

Sir Brian May

Sir Brian May is an iconic British musician known as the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Queen, May co-founded the band in the early 1970s and contributed to its massive success with his distinctive guitar riffs and song-writing prowess on hits like We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Beyond his music career, May is a dedicated scholar; he completed his PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London in 2007 and has co-authored several scientific papers and books.

Knighted in 2023 for his services to music and charity, May is also a passionate animal rights advocate. He founded the Save Me Trust to protect wildlife and is actively involved in various environmental causes. His multifaceted career and contributions to music, science, and humanitarian efforts have made him a revered and influential figure worldwide.

A notable Formula 1 enthusiast. His interest in F1 racing has led him to attend numerous Grand Prix events, with the British GP proving to be the latest one as he appears as a guest of Mercedes for qualifying and the race.

The other F1 British GP celebrities

The F1 British GP celebrities list marks a vibrant tapestry of diverse talents and personalities, spanning musicians, sportspersons, and actors from various corners of the entertainment world from grime and hip-hop to rock and electronic dance music, each bringing their distinct sounds and fan bases.

Whilst from the realm of sports, former and current athletes mingle, showcasing their prowess from football to cricket and rugby with some iconic stars from through the many years and adding to the allure are actors and performers, known for their roles in blockbuster films, acclaimed series, and influential cultural productions.

Their participation brought a touch of glamour and artistic depth to the gathering, reflecting the diverse facets of contemporary entertainment and media as the guests create an atmosphere of excitement and cultural richness only found in F1.

Pixie Lott in the Red Bull garage during 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Pixie Lott in the Red Bull garage during 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Celebrity sports stars at the British GP

Peter Crouch – Guest of Red Bull: Former professional footballer, well-known personality in sports media.

Gary Neville – Brand guest: Former Manchester United footballer turned pundit, coach and business owner.

Roy Keane – Brand guest: Former Manchester United footballer and respected football analyst.

Jamie Carragher – Brand guest: Former footballer for Liverpool FC and TV football pundit.

Luke Littler – Guest of F1: Professional darts player who set the record for youngest player to reach a World Darts Championship final at the age of 16.

Pat Cummins – Guest of McLaren and F1: Australian cricketer, captain of the national team, prominent in cricket.

Owen Farrell – Guest of Red Bull: Captain of the England rugby union team, recognized figure in rugby.

Stuart Broad – Guest of McLaren: Renowned English cricketer with a prolific Test career.

Tommy Fleetwood – Brand guest: Professional golfer, known for his achievements on the European Tour.

Reece James – Guest of Mercedes: Professional footballer with Chelsea and the England national team.

Mary Earps – Guest of Puma: Professional footballer, goalkeeper for PSG and England.

Alessia Russo – Guest of Red Bull: Professional footballer playing for Arsenal and England.

Robert Sanchez – Brand guest: Professional footballer, goalkeeper for Brighton & Hove Albion and Spain.

Ravi Shastri – Guest of Sauber: Former Indian cricketer, now a cricket coach and commentator.

Mike Tindall – Brand guest: Former rugby union player and member of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning squad.

Ella Toone – Guest of Red Bull: Professional footballer with Manchester United and England.

Celebrity actors at the British GP

Chris Pine – Guest of Ferrari and F1: American actor with leading roles in major films like Star Trek and Wonder Woman.

Lashana Lynch – Guest of McLaren: British actress known for roles in Captain Marvel and No Time to Die.

David Walliams – Guest of F1: British author, comedian and actor, recognized for his work in Little Britain and as a host of Britain’s Got Talent.

Anthony Ramos – Brand guest: American actor and singer known for his roles in Hamilton and In the Heights.

Kriti Sanon – Brand guest: Indian actress acclaimed for her performances in Bollywood films.

Daisy Edgar Jones – Brand guest: British actress acclaimed for her role in Normal People.

Jeremy Lynch and Daisy Edgar-Jones outside the Visa Cash App RB garage ahead of 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Jeremy Lynch and Daisy Edgar-Jones outside the Visa Cash App RB garage ahead of 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Kaya Scodelario – Brand guest: British actress known for roles in Skins and the Maze Runner series.

Glen Powell – Brand guest: American actor known for roles in Top Gun: Maverick and Set It Up.

Kit Connor – Brand guest: British actor known for Rocketman and Netflix’s Heartstopper.

Amelia Dimoldenberg – Guest of F1: British comedian and presenter, creator of Chicken Shop Date on which Lando Norris has appeared too.

Mollie King – Guest of McLaren: British singer, member of The Saturdays, and TV/radio presenter.

Kadeem Ramsay – Brand guest: British actor known for his role in Top Boy.

Jamine Jobson – Brand guest: British actress known for her role in the film Blue Story.

Vernon Kay – Brand guest: British television and radio presenter, occasional actor.

Celebrity musicians at the British GP

Stormzy – Guest of F1: British grime and hip-hop artist, widely acclaimed with a large fan base.

Kings of Leon – Guest of F1: American rock band with global hits and a substantial following.

Tinie Tempah – Brand guest: British rapper known for chart-topping singles such as Written In The Stars.

Central Cee – Guest of F1: Rising British rapper gaining popularity in the music industry.

Pete Tong – Guest of F1: Influential British DJ and music producer in the electronic dance music scene.

Jay Kay – Guest of McLaren: Lead singer of Jamiroquai, known for their unique blend of funk and acid jazz.

Rudimental – Guest of promoter: British drum and bass band with notable chart success and fan base.

Mabel – Guest of promoter: British singer-songwriter recognized for her contemporary pop music.

Florrie – Guest of F1: Independent English singer-songwriter and drummer.

Altego – Guest of F1: Electronic dance music duo, known for remixes and productions.

Nono – Guest of F1: Emerging artist, specifics about popularity unclear.

Ella Eyre – Brand guest: English singer known for her collaborations and solo work.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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