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The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs

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And then you have the classic sit down portrait, like these great new ones from the National Portrait Gallery’s upcoming exhibition of successful black celebrities in the UK.

The show features the likes of comedian Sir Lenny Henry, singer Tinie Tempah, and athlete Denise Lewis, as well as former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, Britain’s first black Archbishop, John Sentamu, Lord Bill Morris and the first black leader of a major trade union, John Sentamu.

Photographer Simon Frederick originally took the pics for a BBC Two documentary, Black is the New Black, but donated the whole portfolio to the gallery.

Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said: ‘These striking portraits of black British sitters powerfully reflect the diversity and variety of contemporary British achievement in public life.’

The images will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery from November 2018.

For now, here’s a taster.

Thandie Newton

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs
(Picture: NPG/Simon Frederick/PA Wire)

 

Sir Trevor McDonald

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs
(Picture: NPG/Simon Frederick/PA Wire)

 

Naomi Campbell

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs
(Picture: NPG/Simon Frederick/PA Wire)

Edward Enninful

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs
(Picture: NPG/Simon Frederick/PA Wire)

 

Laura Mvula

The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the very best of black British celebs