Trevor Leighton

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Trevor Leighton (born 1957) is a Carlisle-born photographer[1] whose work features in major galleries, most notably the National Portrait Gallery, of which he has the largest number of photographs on display by a single photographer.[2]

He is known for his celebrity and fashion work; names include British stars Kate Bush,[3] Dawn French,[4] John Hurt,[5] Bob Monkhouse,[4] and Lisa Snowden[6] and international stars such as Indian actress Kareena Kapoor.[7] He is also known for his photography work for The Fairtrade Foundation and has photographed stars Vic Reeves,[8] Amanda Burton, Fearne Cotton,[9] Richard Wilson,[9] Harry Hill[9] and others.[10]

Leighton is the author of a book called "The Jokers", a coffee-table tome featuring portraits of the funniest people working on television, radio and the stage,[11] and these photographs have also featured in a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition entitled "Comedians: From the 1940s to Now".[12]

His portrait of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the stars of Absolutely Fabulous, was among the British 'faces of the century' in a National Portrait Gallery exhibition in 1999.[13]


  1. ^ "Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "A model for success". 3 April 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Alluring Women of Pop Music". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Goff, Amanda (3 October 1999). "Dawn French is my best friend". The People  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Hurt". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Lulu, Phong (18 November 2010). "Fairtrade goes fashion". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Wader, Sharin (31 July 2008). "Is Kareena set to rock Hollywood?". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Bidlake, Suzanne (6 March 2006). "Retailers go Fairtrade as ethical consumer market grows". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Rennie, Alison (17 February 2009). "Stars photos support Fairtrade Fortnight". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fairtrade Fashion - the photo shoot". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Newson, Felicity (24 November 2001). "BOOKS.(Features)". Liverpool Echo  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "The faces of comedy on show at city venue". Chester Chronicle  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 27 September 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Ford, Anna (17 October 1999). "National portraits". The Observer. Retrieved 1 January 2013.