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British acting stars pose for Last Supper photo

Steven Berkoff, Julie Walters and Robert Powell are among the stars in the photo Credit: PA

A group of Britain's most renowned actors have teamed up to re-create Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper for the National Portrait Gallery.

Among the names who posed for the photograph are Robert Powell, who famously played the title role in the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth, Julie Walters, Sir Michael Gambon and Steven Berkoff.

Photographer Alistair Morrison said: "My first two choices were Robert Powell who had to be Jesus, recreating the famous role played in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, and Julie Walters, who was asked to play Mary Magdalene and they both readily agreed.

"Their enthusiasm and influence helped to bring together this outstanding group of actors."

Self-portrait defaced by artist to go on display

A self-portrait defaced by the artist after it was described as "flattering" will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Scottish artist Craigie Aitchison slashed the artwork after a visitor to his studio suggested he looked good in it.

The self-portrait was later restored with the slash marks still visible
The self-portrait was later restored with the slash marks still visible Credit: National Portrait Gallery /PA Wire

Aitchison held onto the painting until his death in 2009 and it was only recently bought by the gallery.

The National Portrait Gallery's curator of 20th Century portraits, Paul Moorhouse, said of the acquisition, "We are delighted that this fascinating self-portrait survived the artist's momentary destructive doubts and can now be seen by future generations".

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