Homeland star David Harewood has admitted that watching someone he knew die inspired him to become an organ donor.
The Birmingham-born actor joined other celebrities this week in supporting a campaign urging people to pass on their organ donation wishes and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register for National Transplant Week, which began today.
"It's an important issue, but it's a sensitive subject," Harewood said.
"There are hundreds of people waiting for organs around the country. If people had this conversation with their families, many people could have their lives saved or prolonged with the help these organs could provide.
"I wanted to be involved in this campaign because life is precious. You can't take it with you so it's important you help to pass it on."
More top news
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert after heavy rainfall at River Maun in Nottinghamshire.
A luxury property on the market for £370,000 has been built with a telegraph pole blocking the driveway.
A man arrested in connection with the death of a 30-year-old woman has been bailed.