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Potter star's portrait revealed
Daniel Radcliffe with his portrait
Radcliffe said he had four sittings for the artist
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will become the youngest non-royal to have his own individual portrait displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

It is among 40 drawings being displayed at the National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery from Wednesday.

The 16-year-old, who is shooting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, posed for artist Stuart Pearson Wright.

Radcliffe's portrait will be unveiled at the National Theatre before moving to the National Portrait Gallery.

'Surreal' effect

It has been acquired by the gallery alongside nine other actor portraits by Wright, who won the BP Portrait Award in 2001.

His other subjects include Bend it Like Beckham's Parminder Nagra, Jeremy Irons, Geoffrey Palmer, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall.

The portraits form part of the exhibition Most People Are Other People, Portraits of Actors from Britain and Ireland.

Radcliffe, who was 14 when he posed for the portrait, said he was delighted to be one of the youngest subject at the National Portrait Gallery.

"I love it. Until recently, I'd seen a peek of it in the catalogue, but not actually seen the real thing.

"It was strange seeing myself as I was two years ago, not as I am now.

"If you look at each individual part of my face they look exactly like part of my face. Together it's surreal."

He added: "It's a great honour to be in there among such amazing actors and actresses."

Gallery director Sandy Nairne said: "Stuart Pearson Wright's drawings are wonderfully wrought studies in figure and character - the gallery is very pleased to have been able to acquire a fascinating group of subjects."

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