X-Men star signs teenage artist’s portrait

William Leggetter, left, with actor Sir Ian McKellen
William Leggetter, left, with actor Sir Ian McKellen

Aspiring artist William Leggetter, who did a portrait of Sir Ian McKellen for his GCSE in art, has had his painting signed by the X-Men actor.

The 16-year-old, from Sandal, took his painting to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield where the Lord of the Rings star was performing with Sir Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land.

Sir Ian McKellen by William Leggetter.

Sir Ian McKellen by William Leggetter.

Mum Lesley Leggetter said: “William got to show his painting to Sir Ian who signed it.”

The painting has already won plaudits for the former Crofton Academy pupil.

It was a part of a Crofton Art Academy exhibition at Artworld Gallery in The Ridings where it was voted best in show.

William Leggetter with his portrait of Sir Ian McKellen, which has been signed by the actor.

William Leggetter with his portrait of Sir Ian McKellen, which has been signed by the actor.