Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $500,000 to help residents in Joplin, Missouri, affected by the recent tornadoes.

The area is currently in the middle of rebuilding efforts after it was devastated by the natural disaster in May and Brad - who was born in nearby Springfield - revealed he contributed the funds through his and Angelina's Jolie-Pitt foundation in order to help them recover as soon as possible.

He said: "With the devastating loss of thirty percent of the city, the Joplin community faces great challenges ahead. Having spent much of my childhood there, I know these people to be hardworking, humble and especially resilient.

"The locally based Community Foundation of the Ozarks will be working shoulder to shoulder with these Joplin residents for the long haul as they rebuild their lives. We, too, hope to further help with these rebuilding efforts."

Angelina added: "Our hearts go out to the families in Joplin who have lost so much."

Brad and Angelina - who raise three adopted and three biological children together - previously donated $150,000 to a children's charity.

The couple gave the sum to SOS Children's Villages, USA - which supports adoptive families and highlights the needs of children without parental care - in recognition of National Adoption Day through their foundation.