It has today been announced that Milo Parker the 13 year old actor who plays the role of Gerald Durrell in ITV’s new hit drama series The Durrells is to become the renowned conservation charity’s latest Ambassador.
Milo said, “It’s a massive honour for me to join the Durrell family as their new Ambassador. Their conservation work around the world is extraordinary and I look forward to supporting them in this vital work. I visited the wildlife park headquarters in Jersey in March and was amazed at the commitment of the staff and the breadth of the operation behind the scenes. I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to contribute in my small way.”
The Durrells, based on author and novelist Gerald Durrell’s ‘Corfu Trilogy’, a series of three books which tell the story of the young Gerald Durrell and his magical childhood on the Greek island of Corfu in the 1930s, was an immediate hit with Sunday evening audiences and after just two episodes became ITV’s highest rating new show since September 2014. A second series has been confirmed and filming will start in the Autumn of 2016.
Honorary Director of the conservation trust and wife of the late Gerald Durrell, Lee Durrell said, “We’re totally thrilled that Milo Parker has agreed to become an Ambassador for Durrell. His performance as the young Gerald Durrell so perfectly embodies the legacy left us by Gerry – a passion for animals and the natural world and the desire to learn about them and protect them. I am greatly looking forward to welcoming Milo into the extended Durrell family.”
As Ambassador, Milo will lend his support to raise the profile of the pioneering conservation work carried out across the globe by Durrell.
The series Producers of The Durrells, Sid Gentle Films said “We are delighted that Milo is taking on this role. Durrell is such an important organisation and Milo will be a fantastic ambassador for a new generation of conservationists.”
Superman star, Hollywood actor Henry Cavill is also an Ambassador for Durrell, championing the cause of the charity based on his native island of Jersey since 2014.