Russell Crowe meets Archbishop of Canterbury

Russell Crowe with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed actor Russell Crowe to Lambeth Palace today - even though his latest film has prompted anger and cries of blasphemy from some religious groups.

Justin Welby held a short private meeting with the Australian star, who is in London to promote his film Noah, based on the biblical story in which he plays the title role.

The office for the Archbishop said the two men discussed faith and spirituality in their meeting, which came after the film's London premiere on Monday evening.