Tobias Menzies from ‘The Crown’ and ‘Outlander’ Is Supporting This Important Cause

Most Americans don’t think twice about their water. You turn on the faucet or switch on the shower, and clean, safe water comes out of the tap. But for many, it’s not so simple. Around the world, there are 785 million people who lack access to clean water, according to the nonprofit group WaterAid. Even in the U.S., there are more than 1 million people who live without access to plumbing. Many more rely on water systems that are unsafe

Now actor Tobias Menzies is speaking up to make sure that people everywhere have access to safe water. 

Clean water shouldn’t be a ‘luxury,’ says Menzies 

Tobias Menzies
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Menzies, who will play Prince Philip on the new season of The Crown, is supporting WaterAid’s Access Denied campaign. The initiative aims to raise $2 million to help get clean water and better sanitation to people around the world.  

“Having access to clean water and a decent toilet shouldn’t be a luxury,” the Outlander actor said. “Yet access to these basic needs are being denied to millions of people around the world affecting the health, education, and livelihoods of whole communities. Due to climate change, this situation is set to get even more challenging each year.”

“I’m proud to become an ambassador for WaterAid, working with them to raise awareness of the urgent need to address this global crisis, and supporting their efforts to transform lives across the world by ensuring more access to clean water and good sanitation,” he added.

“We all have a role to play in making clean water and decent toilets a part of normal life for everyone everywhere by 2030, and Tobias’s support will help us engage more people in this important issue,” said Kelly Parsons, the U.S. chief executive of WaterAid.

How WaterAid helps 

WaterAid, founded in 1981, focuses on improving access to clean water, reliable toilets, and good hygiene. The organization works with local partners to make sure communities have the clean water they need, in addition to partnering with government officials in the U.S. and internationally to increase investment in clean water. 

WaterAid says that it was helped more than 25.8 million people get access to safe water since it was founded nearly 40 years ago.  

Tobias Menzies joins ‘The Crown’ 

Many TV viewers will recognize Menzies from his dual roles as Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall on Outlander and Edmure Tully on Game of Thrones. Now, he’s joining another prestige drama as he steps into the Prince Philip role on The Crown. 

Matt Smith played the queen’s husband in the first two seasons of the show. But with the characters growing older, the parts have been recast. In addition to Menzies, Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter will take over as Princess Margaret. 

In this season, audiences will see the prince wrestling with “various midlife crisis questions” as the moon landing has him wondering about what he’s accomplished with his life, Menzies told Entertainment Weekly. With his marriage to Elizabeth “in a more settled place,” both are dealng with other challenges. 

“[T]he questions and the challenges for both of them are coming from outside, a bit more existential, really, rather than marital,” he explained. 

The Crown is streaming on Netflix from November 17. 

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