Watch: Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Lenny Henry Launch U.K. Red Nose Day 2021

Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Lenny Henry are among the famous faces helping to launch U.K. Red Nose Day 2021.

They all feature in a new short film in which a variety of celebrities share their thoughts on the importance of laughter, especially during the challenging times we are currently facing.

As part of this year's Red Nose Day broadcast on BBC One, David Tennant and Michael Sheen will reunite for a special edition of their lockdown series Staged, and Dawn French will revive her much loved character from The Vicar of Dibley. Among the presenting team on the night will be Henry, Tennant and Top Gear's Paddy McGuinness.

Henry, co-founder of Red Nose Day's organizers Comic Relief, said in a press release: "We all need cheering up, so this year Red Nose Day will be a bit different. Of course we want to raise as much money as possible for people who really need it in the U.K. and around the world. But we also want to make you smile and bring you some laughter over the coming weeks!"

Dench added: "I absolutely and implicitly believe in laughter being the best medicine. Red Nose Day is something we can all enjoy, and goodness knows during this lockdown everyone has relied so much on television and seeing as many films as they can. I look forward to it enormously. I hope we all have a wonderful laugh and at the same time donate something as it goes to a very, very good cause."

Red Nose Day 2021 will take place in the U.K. on Friday, March 19. The money raised will support people in the U.K. and around the world, with a focus on tackling homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse, and mental health stigma.

Are you looking forward to seeing more Staged as part of U.K. Red Nose Day?