Exhibition will showcase life and career of comic actor

Peter Sellers: Behind The Camera at the Towner Gallery to raise funds for British Heart Foundation SUS-160120-143210001
Peter Sellers: Behind The Camera at the Towner Gallery to raise funds for British Heart Foundation SUS-160120-143210001

An exhibition celebrating the life and career of actor Peter Sellers has been organised by his family in a bid to raise cash for British Heart Foundation.

While best known for his work as a comic actor, Sellers was also a professional photographer – working on some of the era’s most famous celebrities.

Peter’s daughter Sarah, who lives in Lewes, and his granddaughter Emily have created the event, called Peter Sellers: Behind The Camera, to show off his work. The exhibition features 50 photos taken by the actor and charting his photographic career.

Emily Sellers said: “Gathering together his work has been quite moving at times. Looking at his negatives and putting myself in his place at the time of taking them has been a bit like retracing his steps.”

Sellers’s work features some of the most famous names of the 60s and 70s including Nanette Newman, Tessa Dahl, Ringo Starr, Liza Minelli and Sophia Loren.

The exhibition also features several photographs of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles with The Queen Mother, as well as Princess Margaret.

Several of the exhibits will be on sale throughout the duration of the show, with proceeds donated to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Peter Sellers’s son Michael.

Sarah said: “I wanted to find a way to celebrate dad’s life, his family and his love of photography.

“Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera, organised in support of The British Heart Foundation, is the result.

“We really hope that the public enjoy it. We think it is something he would have been proud of.”

The work is on display at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne until Sunday, March 6.

Sarah Sellers will be at the gallery on Wednesday.

For more information on the Towner Gallery, visit www.townereastbourne.org.uk.

For more information on the British Heart Foundation, visit www.bhf.org.uk.

Peter Sellers died in 1980, aged 54, from a heart attack.

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