Stephen Fry sat for a painting in Wellington at the weekend with gay Australian artist Ross Watson (pictured).

The work will be part of Watson’s London exhibition in September, being held in partnership with the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

The actor, writer, prolific tweeter and self-confessed ‘techno-geek’ is depicted in the painting complete with his iPad.

Fry was introduced to Watson’s art by gay UK soldier Lance Corporal James Wharton – who has also been depicted in his work.

The following day, the artist and his partner were invited to Fry’s Wellington residence for his going-away brunch party, after three months of filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

Melbourne-based Watson has painted gay identities such as Matthew Mitcham, François Sagat and Ian Roberts, and has had his work purchased by Sir Elton John.

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