Cardiff artist meets hero Sir Ian McKellen

Chris Baker meets his idol Sir Ian Mckellen Credit: ITV News

Chris Baker, an artist from Cardiff who has Asperger's Syndrome, has met his idol Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian is appearing in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land at Cardiff's New Theatre and Chris went backstage to meet his hero and present him with a drawing of Sir Ian as Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings.

Chris has been a fan of Sir Ian all his life, so meeting his idol backstage at was a dream come true.

Chris has Aspergers Syndrome and finds communicating very tough and social situations incredibly stressful.

His condition meant he left mainstream education early and spent more than a decade pretty much isolating himself from the outside world.

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Since featuring on ITV News in August 2015, Chris has turned his life around and has even exhibited his drawings at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Chris has built a strong friendship with our correspondent Carl Edwards, who encouraged Chris to meet his hero Sir Ian to show him his work.

Watch Chris's video here with Sir Ian, and see how confident he is, now that his talent has been recognised.

Sir Ian spent a considerable amount of time with Chris.

He was very impressed with his talent, especially as Chris is self-taught.

Sir Ian also commended Chris on making a living from the commissions Chris now receives for his drawings.