One Direction singer Zayn Malik has been named an ambassador for the British Asian Trust charitable foundation. The 21 year old joins several other celebrities, including producer Naughty Boy and actor/comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, who will help to promote fundraising initiatives to aid disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Executive Director of the British Asian Trust Hitan Mehta says, "We are delighted to welcome Zayn Malik to The British Asian Trust family; he is a young man with immense talent and a dedicated following.
"Zayn joins a dedicated group of celebrity supporters, who have worked alongside us helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged people living in South Asia."
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by Prince Charles.
Actor Hugh Jackman took time out from filming Les Miserables to shoot a cameo for the revival of British comedy The Kumars At No. 42. Comedian/actor Sanjeev Bhaskar approached the X-Men star about the possibility of recording an appearance for the show on one of his days off from the Tom Hooper movie, and was thrilled when Jackman agreed.
He tells the BBC, "We've got these sketches that we do in the show now. Hugh Jackman has done one for us. Zoe Wanamaker's done one for us as well. I asked him if he would do me a huge favour and shoot something. In the end he rather kindly, between filming scenes, came away and did a couple of things for us. So he's a great guy."
Bhaskar reveals he has been pals with Jackman since they filmed Woody Allen's 2006 movie Scoop together, adding, "We've just remained friends ever since, in that weird sort of way where people look at me and Hugh Jackman and say, 'You two are friends?'"
The Kumars At No. 42 originally aired in Britain from 2001 to 2006.