Royal sculptor to carve out likeness of Sir Derek Jacobi in just two hours

14:51 22 January 2014

Frances Segelman with her bust of the queen

Frances Segelman with her bust of the queen


He is renowned for tackling some of theatre’s toughest roles, but tonight Sir Derek Jacobi will make one of his less taxing appearances in front of an audience.

The celebrated actor, from Belsize Park, merely has to sit still as royal sculptor Frances Segelman works around him at a charity event at the Film Museum in Covent Garden.

Ms Segelman, though, has quite the challenge on her hands.

She will attempt to create a sculpture of Sir Derek in just two hours, in front of a celebrity audience no less, to raise money for the Islington Arts Factory, a community centre in Holloway.

Ms Segelman, who used to have a studio in Highgate, has captured countless celebrities and is best known for her busts of the Queen.

She says a life-size piece usually takes months to finish, although she has plenty of practise working at lightning speed on live TV programmes such as The One Show, This Morning and The Big Breakfast.


Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

A row has broken out over plans to dig out a basement car park and swimmming pool next to Hampstead Heath.

Yesterday, 17:15

A heritage campaigner has told of his devastation after he watched raiders ransack a disused pub that he fought to preserve.

Yesterday, 15:45

A historic red phone box in Highgate Village could soon be a tiny office space, complete with printing, scanning, copying and wifi

Yesterday, 11:00

Camden parents were forced to pay a total of £20,000 in school fines in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Yesterday, 07:08

This year’s Hampstead Christmas Festival has been called off, the Ham&High can reveal.

Wed, 19:00

The vicar believes the flags were taken down on both occasions as part of a targeted ‘homophobic attack’ on his church’s open and inclusive values

Wed, 17:39

Women have been warned to be vigilant when using the Black Path in West Hampstead after a lone female was sexually attacked in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon.

Wed, 17:14

An angry churchgoer has written to the Bishop of London suggesting that a Hampstead vicar downsizes his home to raise funds for a dilapidated church.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now