About 300 actors, musicians, writers and artists have backed the call of the UK government to stay in the European Union.
The artists said remaining in the EU allows the UK to flourish with vital EU funding that allows them to work across borders in different projects from galleries to blockbusters.
The letter was organised by Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign. It said:
“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”
It adds: “Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector.”
“We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage. Let’s not become an outsider shouting from the wings.”
According to Conservative Peer and Author Lord Dobbs
“Our creative industries are booming because of the talent that is in Britain’s DNA.
“We are world leaders in so many creative areas. From theatre to literature, video games, feature films, fashion, music and so much else, British artists lead the way and are celebrated around the globe.
“It’s a success that has been created by the dedication, hard work and extraordinary creative abilities of our artists, it’s not because of the EU.”
Among others backing the letter are actors Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sir John Hurt, Sir Patrick Stewart and Thandie Newton, architect Richard Rogers, artist Tracey Emin, author John le Carre, comedian Jo Brand, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, director Richard Curtis and writer Philip Pullman.