Millions of people in the UK have been given a coronavirus jab as part of the vaccine rollout.

Celebrities from the worlds of music, film and TV have been sharing their experiences of receiving the vaccine in a bid to encourage others.

Here are some of the first to receive their vaccinations.

Prue Leith 


National treasure Prue Leith has received her second dose of a coronavirus vaccine in Chipping Norton.


The Great British Bake Off judge, 80, was one of the first people to receive the jab in early December and described the procedure as 'painless'.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, she said her local vaccination centre in Oxfordshire, had been 'very efficient' over the Christmas period.

READ MORE: Prue Leith gets second dose of coronavirus vaccine 

Andrew Lloyd Webber 

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Andrew Lloyd Webber said he felt 'right as rain' after taking part in trials for the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.

The composer behind shows Cats, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, revealed he had been given the real jab – not the placebo.

“I guessed I might have done… I was around people who got coronavirus in the period after the last lockdown and I absolutely didn’t,” he said.

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“I had no effects from the trial whatsoever; I felt right as rain.”

Sir David Attenborough 

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The naturalist and broadcaster, 94, received the Covid-19 jab earlier this month.

Speaking in September, Sir David said the pandemic “has caused, and will continue to cause, immense suffering”.

Nick Hewer


Apprentice and Countdown star Hewer, 76, praised the “amazing efficiency” of the vaccination centre where he received his jab.

He added on Twitter: “I was in and out in about 7 minutes (honestly).”

Sir Ian McKellen

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The veteran actor, 81, was vaccinated at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London, saying after that he felt 'euphoric'.

The Lord Of The Rings star said all elderly people should ensure they get the jab, adding it was 'painless'.

Angela Rippon

Oxford Mail: Angela Rippon receives the vaccine (PR handout/PA)Angela Rippon receives the vaccine (PR handout/PA)

The journalist and television presenter, 76, urged people to ignore the “nonsense” and “fake news” around the vaccine after receiving her jab.

Addressing those who have reservations about getting the vaccine, she told the PA news agency: “If they are based on a lot of the fake news that is around I would say talk to someone that you trust and get the truth and not the fantasy – not the fake news.”

Michael Eavis


The Glastonbury festival founder, 85, got his vaccination at a GP-led community vaccination site in Shepton Mallet on New Year’s Eve.

The festival has been called off for a second year running because of the pandemic.

 Michael Whitehall


Marty Wilde

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The 81-year-old rock and roll star, famed for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s, was given the jab at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

He said getting vaccinated was “common sense”, adding: “The whole thing is just the right thing to do. You need an injection.”

London-born Wilde, whose real name is Reginald Smith, was also treated at Lister Hospital during the first national lockdown after collapsing at his Hertfordshire home. He was treated for an irregular heartbeat.


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