Famous Vegans You May Know

People don’t often reveal their diet but some celebrities are very vocal about their views on animal welfare. Scroll down to see 10 famous vegans you may not know were vegans.

Mayim Bialik

Bialik is known for playing neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler in Big Bang Theory. Handy for Bialik’s role in the series, she’s also a neuroscientist in real life. Not only is she a vegan, she has written a vegan cookbook too. Her book is called Mayim’s Vegan Table which contains 100 plant-based recipes.

Moby

Moby intros OMD for the Spin day party at SXSW
Moby intros OMD for the Spin day party at SXSW
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American musician Richard Melville Hall, known professionally as Moby, has been a vegan since 1987. He tells his route to veganism in his memoir Porcelain.

James Cameron

James Cameron speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International
James Cameron speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International
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Canadian film director James Cameron, you may know for directing the Terminator and Aliens franchise, Titanic and Avatar has been a vegan since 2012. Similarly, his wife Suzy Amis Cameron is also a vegan and she co-founded a school with her sister which became the first vegan K-12 school in the US.

Benedict Cumberbatch

One of the most famous vegans Benedict Cumberbatch speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International
Benedict Cumberbatch speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International
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Well-known English Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr Strange in Avengers franchise and Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Moreover, according to various interviews he follows a plant-based diet.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish at Pukkelpop 2019
Billie Eilish at Pukkelpop 2019
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Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, reaching fame at the age of 14, grew up as a vegetarian and has been a vegan since 2014. She’s also very vocal about animal rights.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix at the premiere of Walk the Line, Toronto Film Festival 2005
Joaquin Phoenix at the premiere of Walk the Line, Toronto Film Festival 2005
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Actor best known for playing Commodus in Gladiator, Joaquin Phoenix has been a vegan since the age of 3. Additionally, he’s a very active animal rights campaigner.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman at Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Natalie Portman at Toronto International Film Festival 2009
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Playing dancer Nina Sayers in Black Swan and Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels, actress Natalie Portman has been a vegetarian since the age of 8. She then became a vegan in 2009 after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain at Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Jessica Chastain at Toronto International Film Festival 2013
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You may know this actress from Molly’s Game and Interstellar. Being a pescatarian for most of her life, she moved to a vegan diet following some health issues. Chastain is also an investor for Beyond Meat.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara at New York Film Festival 2013
Rooney Mara at New York Film Festival 2013
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You may recognise actress Rooney Mara from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She’s a vegan and founder of a vegan clothing line called Hiraeth Collective. Additionally, she’s an animal rights activist and she has co-narrated an Australian animal rights documentary named Dominion. Mara is married to another vegan celebrity Joaquin Phoenix and they have a son.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton celebrating at Silverstone on 10th July 2016
Lewis Hamilton celebrating at Silverstone on 10th July 2016
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Seven-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton said in an interview in 2017 that he has become a vegan. Hamilton has also launched a vegan burger restaurant chain Neat Burger in 2019.

Did you recognise those big names?

There are a lot of other big names that are trying to eat a plant-based diet but not all are able to stick to it. That said, there seems to be an uptick in veganism in recent years so hopefully there will be a lot more people with kind hearts soon.

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