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Thursday, 21 July, 2016

Royal Sculptor Frances Segelman sculpted iconic actress Joanna Lumley live in front of an audience packed with celebrities at the Tower of London, in support of the Stroke Association.

The event, which was Segelman’s first retrospective of her work, exhibited sculptures of some of the country’s most famous faces, including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, Boris Johnson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Derek Jacobi, Elaine Paige and Honor Blackman.

Frances Segelman said: “This exhibition represents my life's work and I am immensely proud to be exhibiting at the Tower of London. Having Joanna Lumley sit for me is an absolute dream come true, her presence helps raise awareness for the incredible work the Stroke Association does to support those whose lives have been devastated by stroke."

Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes, who hosted a Q&A with the sculptor and Joanna Lumley during the evening, had his sculpture unveiled for the first time. He said, "I am thrilled to have been sculpted by Frances, I admire her work very much and feel flattered to be included at this unique event celebrating the work of the Stroke Association."

The evening also included a display of artwork featuring artists Josette AitmanVictoria Perloff and Simon Tarrant, and was held in aid of the Stroke Association Jack Petchey Back to Work fund.

Watch highlights of Frances Segelman sculpting Joanna Lumley live at the Heads at the Tower retrospective.

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