Lifelike on Earth! Amazing new waxwork of Sir David Attenborough unveiled
The inspirational broadcaster and conservationist is 97-years-old yet incredibly is soon releasing his latest BBC One eight-episode wildlife and nature series, Planet Earth III.
But ahead of that, fans can marvel at his amazing likeness in the capital as Sir David becomes the latest celebrity to appear at the 260-year-old attraction.
Artists used hundreds of reference photos and hours of footage to recreate the image – and yesterday it was seen for the first time in London’s Barbican Conservatory, surrounded by 1,500 species of plants and trees.
But from October 20, the Middlesex-born natural historian – narrator of award-winning nature shows such as Frozen Planet, The Green Planet and Dynasties – will be housed in a new zone at Madame Tussauds.
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Sir David is portrayed casually wearing his signature short-sleeved blue shirt, chinos, brown shoes, and tasteful watch along with his “trademark inquisitive and kind expression”.
His likeness will take pride of place alongside icons that have shaped British culture – including Princess Diana, William Shakespeare, Lewis Hamilton and Emmeline Pankhurst. This is Sir David’s second Madame Tussauds figure with the first unveiled in 1992 by himself.
Tim Waters, general manager at the museum, said: “Sir David is a true living legend.
“The king of the modern-day documentary, his voice is instantly recognisable by generations globally and our creation of a second figure 31 years later is testament to his enduring role in culture.
“His work in the field of conservation is unrivalled and the immensely powerful mark he has made on millions of people, by bringing the wonders of the world into our living rooms through his ground-breaking broadcasting, is profound.
“Sir David is a cherished British gem, admired worldwide. We know all of our guests, young and old alike will love getting the chance to meet the figure of the man behind that iconic voice.”
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Jo Kinsey, studio manager at Madame Tussauds, said: “To create the figure of Sir David, we had a team of up to 25 artists working together at any one time.
“It is super important that we pay attention to every single detail in each and every figure.
“We’ve got the lovely creases in the shirt and the trousers.
“The actual hands on the watch are moving if you look closely.
“It’s important to pay attention to every little vein and every freckle.
Every hair has been styled. The pose is warm, his stance is how we would normally see him on the television.”
- Visitors will be able to view Sir David’s figure at Madame Tussauds London from Friday, October 20.
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