Once the famous just fronted charity appeals. Now an increasing number are putting their weight behind political causes.

This article titled “From Stephen Fry to Hugh Grant: The rise of the celebrity activist” was written by Leo Benedictus, for The Guardian on Saturday 16th April 2011 06.00 UTC

These are early days, of course, but it is possible Hugh Grant has changed the world. It was only at the last minute that his former partner, Jemima Khan, recruited him to write for The New Statesman, but now his article turning the tables on the phone hackers has created a sensation around the world, crashing the magazine's website, and being tweeted nearly 10,000 times.

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