Black British stars celebrated at National Portrait Gallery

Black British stars celebrated at National Portrait Gallery

Naomi Campbell and Tinie Tempah are among 37 black British musicians, actors, politicians, models and sports stars who will feature in a major new National Portrait Gallery exhibition. Running next year, the exhibition will also feature actor Sir Lenny Henry, journalist Sir Trevor McDonald, singer Laura Mvula and actress Thandie Newton. It is the gallery’s biggest acquisition of Afro-Caribbean sitters. Others will include Dizzee Rascal and Vogue’s new editor Edward Enninful. Labour MP Chuka Umunna…

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Benedict Andrews: the man the stars bare all for

Benedict Andrews: the man the stars bare all for

Acclaimed Australian director Benedict Andrew talks to the BBC about his current play, his debut film and the “brave” actors in both. As Alfred Hitchcock proved in Psycho, the humble bathroom shower can be used to generate spine-tingling tension and blood-curdling horror. Yet it also has a metaphorical resonance – a place where sins can be purged, scars can be healed and mistakes of the past can be symbolically expunged. On the basis of two…

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10 stars you didn't know released an album

10 stars you didn't know released an album

Comedian Jason Manford has become the latest celebrity to land a record deal, following in the footsteps of fellow funny-men Bradley Walsh and Alexander Armstrong. The 36-year-old will release A Different Stage, a collection of show tunes from musicals such as My Fair Lady and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, through Decca Records on 6 October. “I feel so incredibly lucky to have been asked to record this album, especially with a respected record company like…

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Female stars call on BBC 'to sort gender pay gap now'

Female stars call on BBC 'to sort gender pay gap now'

Some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities have called on the corporation to “act now” to deal with the gender pay gap. Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Emily Maitlis are among those who have signed an open letter to Director General Tony Hall. They urge him to “correct” the disparity over gender pay, which they say has been known “for years”. A BBC spokesperson said progress had been made, but more “needs to…

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BBC pay: Male stars earn more than female talent

BBC pay: Male stars earn more than female talent

The BBC has revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male, compared to one-third who are female, according to its annual report. Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000 last year. One Show presenter Alex Jones was second, and was paid between £400,000 and £450,000. Chris Evans was the top-paid star. BBC director general Tony Hall said there was “more to do” on the gender pay gap….

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Dunkirk world premiere: Prince Harry meets veterans and stars

Dunkirk world premiere: Prince Harry meets veterans and stars

Dunkirk, a World War Two film directed by Briton Christopher Nolan, whose stars include Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and former One Direction member Harry Styles, had its world premiere on Thursday at the Odeon in Leicester Square, central London. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Entertainment & Arts

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Jumbo says black UK stars win US roles because 'we are better'

Jumbo says black UK stars win US roles because 'we are better'

English actress Cush Jumbo says British black actors are being given roles in America over their US counterparts because “we are better”. The Good Fight star said: “The reason I’m doing so well is our training, our work ethic… we learn our lines. “Why are we not trying to keep that here… and tell the whole world that we are the best rather than letting people slip through the net?” Jumbo was speaking to a…

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