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Bridgerton and The Stranger stars join forces for anti-slavery charity event

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker is headlining an anti-slavery fundraising event in September for the modern slavery charity Causeway – alongside The Stranger and The Last Kingdom actor Jacob Dudman. Meanwhile Happy Mondays and The X Factor singer Rowetta will be performing live on the night.

Stars from film, TV and music are flocking to Yorkshire in September to take part in a very special charity event. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to come along, support the cause and mingle with the celebrities.

The event is all in aid of Causeway – the national modern slavery and criminal justice charity. The Fundraising Gala Evening takes place at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery on Thursday 21st September 2023.

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker – who plays Marina Thompson in the hit Netflix series – will be delivering the welcome address at the event. Actor Jacob Dudman – whose starring roles include Thomas Price in The Stranger and Osbert in The Last Kingdom – will be the after-dinner speaker. Additionally, Happy Mondays singer and former The X Factor contestant Rowetta will be performing live.

The event aims to both fundraise and raise awareness of modern slavery and cycles of exploitation and crime. As well as speeches by Ruby and Jacob and the live performance from Rowetta – the evening features a drinks reception, three course dinner and special panel discussion featuring experts in the fields of exploitation.

Ruby Barker said:

“It is so important that all of us support and elevate voices of marginalised and vulnerable people. Causeway are a charity at the forefront of doing this, and so I’m honoured to be attending their gala event and delivering the welcome address. It will be a fantastic and fun-filled evening. However, it will also be an important opportunity for people to come and support Causeway as they work towards a world without exploitation.”

Jacob Dudman said:

“I am in awe of the work that Causeway do, and so to be the after-dinner speaker at their special gala event fills me with absolute pride. We all want a world without modern slavery, exploitation and crime. I am looking forward to meeting supporters old and new at the gala, as we come together to make a safer, securer and fairer world for all.”

Rowetta said:

“Causeway are such an important charity, supporting those that have been through some of the most appalling and heartbreaking situations. However, like all charities, they need our support. I am delighted that Causeway asked me to perform at this year’s gala event, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there.”

Ed Newton, Causeway’s CEO, said:

“We are very excited to have Ruby, Jacob and Rowetta headlining this very special event. It will be a great evening and isn’t just for existing supporters. We’d love everybody who is passionate about ending modern slavery, exploitation and crime to buy a ticket and come along.”

Tickets to the event are open to the public and can be purchased by visiting or by emailing