Amber Gill, John Boyega and Liam Payne among stars at Hyde Park Black Lives Matter protest

Love Island winner Amber Gill and fellow co-star Yewande Biala, along with Liam Payne and Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel joined the Hyde Park protest in support of Black Lives Matter.

They were just some of the famous faces that came out to hear Star Wars actor John Boyega's passionate speech following the wrongful killing of African-American man George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis.

The police officer involved in Floyd's death, Derek Chauvin, 44, has since been arrested and charged with third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

John spoke about his death, which happened after he was arrested, pinned to the ground and died after a policeman kneeled on his neck, and also spoke about British man Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in London in 1993.

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The actor was emotional as he spoke via megaphone and broke down in tears as he addressed the enormous crowd, saying: "Every black person in here remembered when another person reminded you that you were black. So none of you out there, all those protesters on the other side, protesting against what we want to do, protesting against what we want to try and achieve, burn you, this is so vital."

"I need you to understand how painful this s**t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn't the case anymore, that was never the case anymore."

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Amber Gill took to her Instagram page to share a picture of herself from the march alongside Yewande, writing in the caption: "Tell your friends to pull up. Check my stories more for dates #blacklivesmatter."

She has spoken about supporting the anti-racist movement in recent weeks, encouraging her 2.8m followers to take action against racial injustice and how to sign petitions, donating to bail funds, and different numbers to call and email to share support.

The Love Island 2019 winner shared footage of the peaceful protest, which saw thousands of people wearing protective masks descend on Hyde Park amid the coronavirus outbreak.


The reality star also took to her Stories following the march to defend her decision to attend the march, saying: "So I just want to break down how promoting a peaceful protest is not promoting violence."

Fast and the Furious star Nathalie Emmanuel also shared a picture of herself in attendance at the protest, wearing a black face mask and gloves, holding up a cardboard sign which read: 'Enough is Enough'.

She wrote alongside the image: "I cried grown woman tears today as I screamed the names #GeorgeFloyd and #BreonnaTaylor…. and for every other name brutalised and murdered by police in the US…. and in UK…. they are the originators of this terror.


"Just for being black. I raised my voice and my fist for my fellow black brothers and sisters worldwide…. because the culture of racism towards black people in global. Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. #BLACKLIVESMATTER #Iloveyoublackpeople #blackarys"

The actress also shared images of herself walking through Hyde Park on her Stories writing across one clip: "We out here #blacklivesmatter."

Former One Direction star Liam Payne and his girlfriend Maya Henry threw their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement as they were pictured joining in the march along to Hyde Park.

Liam and Maya walked hand-in-hand alongside thousands of people marching in response to the wrongful killing of George Floyd.

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Liam has been outspoken about his opinion on current events on his Instagram feed, where he shared a statement explaining to his 19.2million fans that "all of us can and must do more."

He wrote: "I've taken a few days to reflect and the first thing that I need to say is that Black Lives Matter. This affirmation might seem self-evident to many of us, but the tragic reality is that day after day millions of people across the world are held to different standards simply because of their race.

"So, it's not enough just to say that Black Lives Matter: all of us can and must do more in order to make that statement a reality as soon as possible. Let's make this "new normal" after Coronavirus one in which Black people are not persecuted for living their daily lives in the same way everyone else is privileged to do so. [sic]"

He went on to continue to encourage his fans to sign petitions, donations or "just starting conversations with your family and friends" and ended the lengthy speech by offering his condolences to George Floyd's family and to others who have lost their loves ones in the same "tragic circumstances".

Also in attendance at the march was Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson, Niall Horan, X Factor singer Diana Vickers, singer and podcaster Jessie Ware, and while she didn't appear to be at the march in person, Alesha Dixon shared an image of the Hyde Park crowds, writing: "Powerful images from#hydeparklondon today! @blklivesmatter #peacefulprotest."

John Boyega's full Hyde Park speech

"We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.

"I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that."

"Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.

"Every black person in here remembered when another person reminded you that you were black. So none of you out there, all those protesters on the other side, protesting against what we want to do, protesting against what we want to try and achieve, burn you, this is so vital.

"I need you to understand how painful this s**t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn't the case anymore, that was never the case anymore.

The Star Wars actor encouraged the crowds to remain peaceful and organised: "Because they want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganised but not today.

"Black men we need to take care of our black women. They are our hearts, they are our future, we cannot demonise our own, we are the pillars of the family.

"Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings and that’s what we need to create.

"Black men, it starts with you, it’s done man, we can’t be trash no more. We have to be better. Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting."

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