Painter Trevor in the frame for Turner film

Trevor Neal
Trevor Neal

Sheffield painter and photographer Trevor Neal makes a fleeting appearance in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed biopic of landscape artist JMW Turner, which was premiered at Cannes.

He was an extra for two days, playing an artist, during filming at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham. The scene was ‘varnishing day’ at the Royal Academy – a tradition which sees artists making final adjustments to their exhibits.

Trevor, who lives at Carter Knowle, and has been a painter and photographer for 48 years, had been to four ‘varnishing days’ at the Academy in London in the 70s and 80s.

Arriving for filming at 5.30am and in costume an hour later, it was “a tremendous experience”, he said. “You begin to appreciate why a film costs what it does - the size of the crew and all the technicians and wardrobe assistants”.

Mr Turner stars Timothy Spall.