Actors and artists sketch support for epilepsy charity

Famous names from the worlds of film, TV, books and art have been busy doodling to support national charity, Epilepsy Action. Their etchings will go under the hammer in an eBay auction on National Doodle Day, Friday 20 September. The event celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The auction includes works from TV favourites Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty), Russell Tovey (Years & Years) Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Charlotte Crosby (Geordie Shore) and Susanna Reid (Good Morning Britain), alongside creations from artists and illustrators. Fans have three days to bid on an original drawing before the auction ends on Sunday evening. The proceeds from every doodle sold will help to support the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK.

Dogs are a recurring theme this year. Tom Hardy has sketched a dog with a bone, Jim Broadbent has doodled a grumpy four-legged friend, while Linda Lusardi’s cartoon canine feels the heat. Stephen Graham has doodled a flower fired from a gun. Paddington and Winnie the Witch are back in the online gallery, at the hands of much-loved illustrators R.W. Alley and Korky Paul.

Xanthe Hopkinson, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “National Doodle Day is a unique chance to get your hands on original artwork from celebrities, artists and designers. Every doodle sold raises vital funds for people affected by epilepsy across the UK, helping us to reach more people and give them support when they need it most.

“Every year we are overwhelmed with support from all kinds of doodlers. Since National Doodle Day started fifteen years ago, over 1,500 celebrities and artists have put their etchings up for auction. This is an event that really lets their imaginations fly. Don’t forget to get bidding on Friday 20 September and all weekend!”

Since National Doodle Day began in 2004, doodlers far and wide have raised over £170,000 for Epilepsy Action, all to improve the lives of people with epilepsy. To find out more, and bid for a celebrity doodle, go to