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Published on March 12th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Noel Clarke in Photography Exhibition

Photographer Donald MacLellan is the creator of a series of images of British black actors in a new gallery on show in Liverpool – featuring a portrait of Noel Clarke

The former Doctor Who co-star joins a host of stars such as Sophie Okonedo (Scream of the Shalka), Chiwetel Ejiofor and Hustle‘s Adrian Lester.

MacLellan’s show Want to See More of Me? is on now at the Liverpool Playhouse, and is the Scottish artist’s response to what he considers a sad lack of leading roles for non-white actors.

“If we produce 50 films a year, there must be room for one or two in there from other parts of society,” he insists. “It became clear to me that there aren’t that many leading or non-stereotypical roles for black actors.

“My idea was to put a series of images together that would complement what the actors had done and show where there are gaps in films, in things like spy thrillers.

“My idea was to put a series of images together that would complement what the actors had done and show where there are gaps in films, in things like spy thrillers.

“Why can’t Noel Clarke be the lead in a spy thriller?”

Why not indeed.  In fact I can think of few better candidates to star in a post-Bourne spy thriller…

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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