International bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has been recognised as one of 90 GREAT BRITONS to be celebrated as part of a major portrait to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Last night, Sea Containers Restaurant hosted a private dinner with Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE, Roger Daltrey CBE and Dame Shirley Bassey at Mondrian London in celebration of renowned portrait photographer Alistair Morrison’s new legacy photograph, GREAT BRITONS.

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

  • 30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant
    Celebratory preview of Great Britons, London

    30 November 2016, Sea Containers Restaurant

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Guests at the event enjoyed an exclusive early preview of the extensive portrait, unveiled to much applause by Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE alongside Dame Shirley Bassey and Roger Daltrey CBE. The piece will eventually feature a total of 90 GREAT BRITONS chosen from the world of science, medicine, film, music, charity, food, theatre, philanthropy, sport, fashion, business, television, arts, literature, architecture and technology. The triptych will measure 16 foot in length and, on completion, will be submitted to a national gallery in Britain for acquisition.

The Great Britons in attendance at the event will all be featured in the portrait. These included The Hon Celia Sandys, representing her grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill, Dame Barbara Windsor, Tracy Edwards MBE, Mary Berry CBE, Ray Davies CBE, Ali Campbell, Duncan Goodhew MBE, David Gandy, Bill Speakman VC, Miranda Hart and Rufus Sewell.

This event took place on the 142nd anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill, who was recognised as the Greatest Briton of the 20th Century.

Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE said: “I was thrilled to hear that I was selected to be one of 90 Great Britons. It is a great honour and especially since it is to celebrate the 90th birthday of The Queen. I know I am among many, many important and talented people from all professions and it is thrilling that we have been selected because of the job we love doing, and to know we bring pleasure to people. Alistair Morrison has photographed me for many years and he is extremely talented and artistic. I think the triptych will be fascinating for the public to view when it finds it final home in a British museum.

The GREAT BRITONS triptych will be completed on the 30th November measuring 16 foot in length. On completion, it will then be submitted to a national gallery in Britain for acquisition.

The first panel of the portrait, to date, features:
  • Dame Shirley Bassey
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Dame Kelly Holmes
  • Twiggy
  • Jenny Agutter OBE
  • Dame Zandra Rhodes
  • Dame Barbara Windsor
  • Pierce Brosnan OBE
  • Lord Coe
  • Sir Steve Redgrave
  • Martin Johnson CBE
  • Grayson Perry CBE
  • Sir Stirling Moss
  • Sir Gareth Edwards
  • Rory Bremner
  • Marcus Wareing
  • Jeremy Irons.
The second panel includes:
  • Dame Zaha Hadid
  • Dame Joan Collins
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE
  • Tracy Edwards MBE
  • Jilly Cooper OBE
  • Julie Walters CBE
  • Sir Quentin Blake
  • Sir Norman Foster
  • Jonny Wilkinson CBE
  • Jason Leonard OBE
  • Sir Anthony McCoy
  • Jason Robinson OBE
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Sir Quentin Blake
  • Patrick Cox
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Sir Ben Ainslie
  • Sir Ian Botham
  • Sir Chris Hoy
  • Sir Roy Strong
  • Ray Davies CBE
  • Tim Peake CMG
  • Robert Plant CBE
  • Michael Crawford CBE
  • Roger Daltrey CBE
  • David Gandy
  • Andy Murray OBE.

Morrison is also celebrating 20 British icons that he has had the privilege to photograph over the past 35 years (shown as a hanging exhibition within the triptych). These include:

  • Baroness Thatcher
  • Jean Muir CBE
  • Dame Barbara Cartland
  • Sir Nigel Hawthorne
  • Patrick Lichfield
  • Roald Dahl
  • Lord Olivier
  • George Harrison MBE
  • Sir Peter Ustinov
  • George Best
  • Vidal Sassoon CBE
  • Lord Grade
  • Sir Michael Hordern
  • Oliver Reed
  • Sir Harry Secombe
  • Sir Norman Parkinson
  • Rik Mayall
  • Bob Monkhouse OBE
  • Sir Alec Guinness
  • Sir John Gielgud

…photographs which form part of Morrison’s Collection housed at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Others invited to the last photographic sitting and event included:
  • Greg Rutherford MBE
  • Mary Berry CBE
  • Rufus Sewell
  • Daley Thompson CBE
  • Miranda Hart
  • Winston Churchill’s granddaughter (representing Winston Churchill) The Hon Celia Sandys.

About Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She left school at 15 for the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post. At 18, she became the paper’s first woman’s editor and, at 20, moved to London and became a columnist and editor on Fleet Street. She now lives in New York with her husband of over 50 years, television producer Robert Bradford.

Over 88 million copies of her books have been sold to date. They are published in over 40 languages and in more than 90 countries. Ten of her books have been produced as TV films or drama series starring actors including Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, Sir John Mills and Elizabeth Hurley.

Her very first novel, A Woman of Substance, is ranked in the top ten bestselling works of fiction of all time with more than 32 million copies sold.

In October 2007, Barbara was appointed an OBE by The Queen for her services to literature.

Barbara holds five Honorary Doctorate of Letters. These are from the University of Leeds, Yorkshire; the University of Bradford, Yorkshire; Teikyo Post University, Connecticut; Siena College, Loudonville, New York; Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York.

Barbara is the recipient of 25 other awards for her writing achievements and philanthropy.

Barbara is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, an independent UK charity that transforms lives through literacy, and is passionate about empowering girls to write and let their voices be heard through their stories.

Described as the “grand dame of blockbusters”, “Queen of the genre”, Barbara’s amazing success has made her one of the most successful writers in Britain today.

Alistair Morrison

Alistair Morrison has built a worldwide reputation as one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of his generation. With 82 photographs in the National Portrait Gallery, London and numerous original edition prints in private international collections, Morrison’s work is sought after by clients internationally.

In his own Classic Collection, built up over 30 years in photography, he has photographed Icons such as Bette Davis and Sir Laurence Olivier through to today’s stars of the screen, theatre, writers, sportsmen and dignitaries. His work is on permanent display at his Gallery – The Muse Gallery – housed in a beautiful Victorian Gothic Mansion in the heart of the English countryside.

He is based in the UK but worked out of New York for five years and has been commissioned by professional and private clients to travel the world on special photographic assignments.