A new display at the National Portrait Gallery, The Actress Now, will see newly acquired photographs of Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Arterton and Joanna Lumley go on show for the first time alongside other works of drawn from the Gallery’s Collection.

The exhibition, which opens on 20 October 2011, aims to "demonstrate the diversity and breadth of contemporary talent" working today, and includes long-standing stars such as Fiona Shaw and Harriet Walter alongside the likes of Gemma Arterton and Natalie Dormer.

The 39 works in the display vary from an oil painting of Helen Mirren by Ishbel Myerscough to a ceramic sculpture of Glenda Jackson by Glenys Barton. The new acquisitions by Sarah Dunn, Jillian Edelstein, Francesco Guidicini, Elisabeth Hoff and Chris Floyd.

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Fiona Shaw by Victoria Kate Russell
Fiona Shaw by Victoria Kate Russell © National Portrait Gallery, London

Fiona Shaw by Victoria Kate Russell
Gemma Arterton by Sarah Dunn, 2009 © Sarah Dunn

Sienna Miller by Elisabeth Hoff
Sienna Miller by Elisabeth Hoff, 2011 © Elisabeth Hoff

Harriet Walter by Geoff Wilson
Harriet Walter by Geoff Wilson © Geoff Wilson

Natalie Dormer by Chris Floyd, 2007
Natalie Dormer by Chris Floyd, 2007 © Chris Floyd

Rosamund Pike by Sarah Dunn, 2005
Rosamund Pike by Sarah Dunn, 2005 © Sarah Dunn

Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo © Sal Idriss / National Portrait Gallery, London

Vanessa Redgrave by Jillian Edelstein
Vanessa Redgrave by Jillian Edelstein, 2008 © Jillian Edelstein


The Actress Now will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012.