Here’s a number of celebrities speaking about their faith in 2021:
- Marcus Rashford - "The faith we have in God is shown by the people that we are. For me and my family, that's definitely the case. If you could see our lives 15-20 years ago to where we are now, it's impossible not to have faith in God and all he does for us.”
Manchester United and England player opened up about his faith and it has impacted his life. His mother brought him and his five siblings up as practising Christians.
- Chris Martin - “God is everywhere and everyone and it's also the unknowable, the vast majesty behind everything. And it's just the point where you get to the place where you can't think any further, that's where I think God is.”
Although the Coldplay lead singer was raised in a Christian family in Devon, he has gone on to describe himself as an “alltheist”, meaning he believes God is in everyone and everywhere.
- Boris Johnson - "Christianity is a superb ethical system and I would count myself as a kind of very, very bad Christian. No disrespect to any other religions, but Christianity makes a lot of sense to me."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discussing the issue of faith with journalist Tom McTague in an interview with The Times. Boris Johnson married his wife Carrie in a Catholic ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in May.
- Dan Walker - "So we don't celebrate Halloween in our house and I've got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without the sort of doing Halloween. Our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be and I couldn't go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad.”
The BBC Breakfast host made the remarks after being allowed to avoid the scary theme in his performance during the Strictly Halloween special. Walker has been very vocal about his faith. Early in his career, he made a choice not to work on Sundays, something he has maintained to this day.
- Daniel Jervis - "I am proud of many things in my life, but the thing I'm most proud of [is that] I'm a Christian and obviously, God was with me tonight, and I'm just really grateful to be representing him".
Team GB swimmer Daniel Jervis thanked God and his family church for their support during his participation at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old from Resolven in Wales was brought up in a Christian household. He finished fifth in the final of the 1500 metres freestyle event.
- Kate Garroway - “I think there's something very powerful in prayer, whatever form it takes for you. For me, a classic prayer - I believe to God - is a very special thing."
TV presenter Kate Garraway was speaking about the power of prayer as she visited a church in the Costwolds as part of a BBC Two series. It was the first time she went to a church since her husband, Derek Draper became ill with Covid in March 2020.
- Rhys Stephenson - "When everything has changed, my faith has always remained the same.”
CBBC presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rhys Stephenson opened up about his faith during a segment on the show. It’s understood Stephenson grew up in a Christian household and is very involved with his local church, The Parish of St James and St John in Romford.
- Denzel Washington - “You have to fill up that bucket every morning. It’s rough out there. You leave the house in the morning. Here they come, chipping away. By the end of the day, you’ve got to refill that bucket.”
Hollywood star, Denzel Washington said to be “filling his bucket” with scripture, daily, to stay on track. He made the remarks in an interview with the New York Times.
- Tyson Fury - “I was hurt. Wilder's a strong puncher and he's a tough man. I was hitting him with some big shots. My Lord and Saviour raised me to my feet tonight to give Him the glory.”
Britain’s boxer Tyson Fury was speaking after retaining his heavyweight boxing world title in a classic fight with Deontay Wilder.
- Chris Pratt - “I knew, though, that if I put on my Christian music playlist and I got out in the woods and ran, that I'd feel better, but I just didn't want to. I did it anyways and gosh was I right, it felt amazing. I got out in the woods, got my blood pumping, and God sat down there right there next to me.”
The US actor made the remarks in an Instagram post to his more than 34 million followers. Reports suggest the song Chris was listening to was "Another in the Fire" by Hillsong United - a band that originated as part of the same Hillsong Church that the actor has attended.