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Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher to pose for Belfast artist

By Joanne Sweeney

Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher is set to be the next celebrity poser for acclaimed Belfast artist Colin Davidson.

And Davidson, who was honoured at the recent US-Ireland Alliance Awards in Los Angeles, will also soon start work on a portrait of Liam Neeson.

The artist became the first person of Irish ancestry from beyond the film and television world to be honoured at one of the side events leading up to the Oscars.

Fisher, who played Princes Leia in the blockbuster, bonded with the artist when they were two of three people from the arts world to be honoured at the event which was also attended by Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker.

Accepting his award, Davidson said: "I've always had a passion for film, that's why it is such a privilege for me to be here."

His most recent works depict politicians, poets, writers, actors and musicians.

Davidson said: "I'm a huge film fan and of course I loved all the Star War films so when a number of friends knew that I going to out to meet her, it caused a lot of jokes as she's quite an icon.

"There was a lot of interest... from people who were interested in potentially buying from me or in possible commissions. So a portrait of Carrie just might happen."

Davidson is currently working on a major exhibition for the Ulster Museum.

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