Actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory are expanding their initiative to give NHS workers meals from High-Street restaurants, after raising nearly £1m.
The stars of Homeland and Peaky Blinders launched the Feed NHS scheme in London but now say it will roll out to other UK cities facing Covid-19.
Lewis told BBC News it was important to look after hospital staff struggling to find places to eat during their shifts.
“The public have been incredible,” he told the Coronavirus Newscast.
“I know a lot of people are feeling a bit cash-strapped at the moment, so they’ve been unbelievably generous.
“But it means we can now kick in with a second round of funding – which is essentially what we are trying to do – in order to take it to Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester, because the virus will move through those city centres.”
Lewis, who plays US Marine Sgt Nicholas Brody in the Showtime terrorist drama, is currently isolating at home with his wife and fellow screen star, McCrory, and their two children, while the TV and film industry it on shutdown.
The couple teamed up with the restaurant chains including Leon, Dishoom, Wasabi and Tortilla, to “get food to these people who were working such long hours and weren’t able to”.
On Friday, Liam Gallagher became the latest musician to show his appreciated for health workers by announcing he was putting on a free London concert for them, following in the footsteps of the Manic Street Preachers and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.
“They do an incredible job, we are very lucky to have them,” posted the rock star.
On Thursday evening, people around the UK gave a round of applause for the healthcare workers for a third week running.
McCrory’s scheme has so far provided thousands of meals for frontline workers at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and UCLH Healthcare NHS Trust in the capital.
She said if the events of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic had been pitched to her in a prospective script, she “would have turned this film down”.
“Because it would have seemed too far-fetched,” said the star, who portrays Polly Gray in the BBC Midlands gangster series.
‘Burst into tears’
She also spoke about the “overwhelming” feelings of sadness she has experienced during the past few weeks in lockdown.
“You think you’re absolutely fine, you’re pottering along, you’re coping with it – cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking – and you suddenly burst into tears,” she said.
“And it’s this fear and it’s the vulnerability coming out and then you pick yourself up and you go along again as if nothing happened. And it’s very surreal.”
Coronavirus Newscast is a daily podcast available to download on BBC Sounds. It also appears as a weekly TV programme on BBC One, on Thursdays at 23:45.