Kate Beckinsale has been named as an ambassador for a baby loss charity.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

The 47-year-old actress recently revealed that she lost a baby when she was 20 weeks pregnant following the news that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend had lost their child. Now, Kate has signed up to be the face of the leading baby loss and grief support charity, The Mariposa Trust.

Founder and CEO Zoe Clark-Coates said in a statement: "Baby loss is a huge issue, not only in the UK, but globally with an estimated 38,000,000 losses each year.

“Sadly, many of these people have little or no access to support, and often suffer in silence, feeling isolated and alone. The Mariposa Trust ... is dedicated to providing innovative support options, as well as campaigning for better support and much more, and we are honoured that Kate has chosen to become part of our charity family and work with us to raise awareness of this subject.”

Kate took to Instagram last week to defend Chrissy and John’s choice of sharing their devastating news publicly after they were hit by criticism.

She penned: “I’ve noticed people criticising @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable. Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known. There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed.

"It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has."