British actor, model and former boxer Connor Swindells has been appointed Patron of Bowel Cancer UK, during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

Connor is best known for his role as Adam Groff in Netflix’s Sex Education.

Bowel Cancer UK is the leading bowel cancer charity, determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Sex Education star Connor Swindells announced as Bowel Cancer UK Patron

Connor, whose family has been directly affected by bowel cancer, said:

“Being a patron of Bowel Cancer UK is very special to me. I always knew that if I made it as an actor, I would use my position to raise awareness of bowel cancer. It’s the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, but it doesn’t have to be this way – it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”

Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: 

“We are absolutely delighted that Connor has joined Bowel Cancer UK as a Patron. Our vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer but we can’t achieve this alone, and that’s why we are so grateful that he has chosen to support us.

“42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK and tragically it remains the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming 16,000 lives a year. We are determined to change that and we have no doubt Connor’s support and involvement will help us make much-needed progress in the future.”