Russell Tovey's chiselled torso on display in new painting

The actor's painting is being auctioned for Terrence Higgins Trust charity


Russell Tovey has posed as an underwear-clad superhero for a new auction by HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The openly gay actor - who is engaged to rugby hunk Steve Brockman - has been painted by artist Christopher Garrington wearing nothing but white underwear, a green cape and blue mask.

Tovey - whose chiselled torso is on display - posted a picture on his Instagram account revealing bidding for the painting has started.

He wrote: "Bidding is now live on @paddle8 for @thtorguk painted by the very talented @garringtonart #yesitsapainting #yesitsapaintingnotaphoto [sic]"

The painting is set to be auctioned off this Monday and so far has already received 10 bids.

The description of the painting reads: "The subject of this painting, Russell Tovey, is one of the UK's best known actors - he has starred in a diverse range of films, television shows and theatre productions.

"Currently working in America, he recently played the role of The Ray, a gay superhero who openly kissed a fellow gay superhero on Crisis on Earth-X.

"Shown on a prime American television channel, this scene gained much public admiration. This image was painted from a sitting with the artist to demonstrate that whatever your sexuality, childhood dreams of becoming a superhero are possible.

"The painting is by Christopher Garrington, who only very recently decided to follow a long-held dream of becoming an artist, moved to Florence for two years and now has a successful portrait and fine art practice in London."

The official Twitter account for the Trust also posted the picture today (13.04.18) and asked for people to come down to the "world-famous auction-house" Christie's London.#

You can bid for any of the items here.