Published: 12th November 2019

Titanic New Role For Derry Girls Star Jamie-Lee

Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell has taken on a cheeky new role as skipper of the SS Nomadic as part of The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday celebrations.

The local actor took the helm of the historic tender ship to the Titanic as part of the #ThanksToYou campaign which will see hundreds of National Lottery-funded venues offering free entry or exclusive offers to visitors with a National Lottery ticket. The offers will run at multiple venues across different days from 23 November – 1 December, including SS Nomadic on 24th November.
She appears in a tongue-in-cheek film telling viewers she has ‘bought’ the boat with her acting earnings and gives her own unique guide to its history.

SS Nomadic is the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world and was restored to her former glory and returned home to Belfast’s Hamilton Docks thanks to National Lottery funding of £3.25 million.

Jamie-Lee joins three other celebrities, who all seem to think they live in treasured and historic places across the UK comedian Elis James at Cardiff Castle, rapper Big Narstie at Kenwood House in London and Love Islander Anton Danyluk at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, in Melrose, Scotland.

The tours showcase just a handful of the thousands of treasured and historic places funded by the National Lottery over the past 25 years, which together have brought about a renaissance in local heritage.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“Over the past 25 years, money from the National Lottery has quite simply made the UK a better place to live. Since 1994, more than 44,000 heritage projects have been awarded over £8 billion via The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Our heritage has been completely transformed. This is our way to say thank you for all your support. “

Thousands of our most beautiful, iconic and historically important sites have been opened up to the public and given a new lease of life, from castles to museums; historic houses to gardens and waterways; from steam railways and canals to historic ships and places that mark our greatest industrial and scientific achievements.
As a result of this funding:

  • Brand new museums and galleries have opened including V&A Dundee, London’s Design Museum and Imperial War Museum North and around 900 more refurbished and modernised such as the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
  • More than 120 ships and boats have been saved, preserved, refurbished and opened to the public including HMS Caroline and SS Nomadic.
  • Landmark historic sites have been restored, improved or opened up to public including Stonehenge, Jodrell Bank and a world-class visitor centre built at the Giant’s Causeway.
    To celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday, iconic venues such as SS Nomadic will also be opening their doors to the public with free entry or other special offers anyone arriving with a National Lottery ticket from 23 November – 1 December, as part of the celebration Thanks To You for 25 Years. The offer also includes free entry at numerous National Trust Properties, special guided tours and free days out at some amazing places such as HMS Caroline, The SSE Arena and the Ulster Folk Museum

And it’s not just heritage sites taking part. A National Lottery ticket will also get exclusive discounts and special offers at National Lottery funded arts, sports and community attractions.

Visit thankstoyou.org.uk to find the full list and search all the offers taking place in your area and filter by specific interest, everything from free entry to a Royal Navy submarine, to discounted theatre tickets and free guided walks at some of the beautiful RSPB conservation areas.