Star of Downton Abbey Brendan Coyle has agreed to be an ambassador for the charity Prostaid.
Brendan, who grew up in Corby and plays valet John Bates in the hit ITV1 period drama, will help raise much-needed funds and promote the importance of checks which can lead to early detection of prostate cancer.
Prostaid was set up in 2004 and offers support and information to patients in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
It also funds two nurses who are prostate cancer specialists.
Brendan said: “I have been checked previously and I’m booking myself in for another check-up as it is imperative to keep a regular watch on my prostate health.
“I’m hoping my involvement in the charity will help raise awareness, as early detection will definitely save lives.”
Brendan is already planning a concert and fundraising event to take place at the Raven Hall in Corby.
Bip Wetherell, owner of the Raven Hotel and hall and a Prostaid committee member, said: “I am over the moon that Brendan has agreed to help. “His huge profile will go a long way towards getting local companies to support us and I am looking forward to working with Brendan on his proposed concert and fundraising evening.”