Shakespeare the hipster, Elizabeth the career woman and Henry the suave gent: Famous historical figures given 21st-century makeover

Modern man: Henry VIII is transformed into a suave man about town in a black suit (Taylor Herring)

With his sharply-cut suit, open neck shirt and 'bling' jewellery, you wouldn't immediately identify this figure as one of history's most important characters.

But the well turned-out man about town is infact Henry VIII - with a modern-day twist.

The famous Tudor monarch has been re-imagined as you've never seen him before, having been given a 21st century makeover.

He is one of several famous faces from British history at the centre of a unique art project.

Other influential figures like Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare have also been reinvented for the modern age.








Elizabeth - Henry VIII's daughter and Queen of England from 1558 to 1603 - has been reimagined as a modern-day career woman, complete with brightly-coloured trouser suit.

'The Bard' William Shakespeare, meanwhile, has been reinvented as a daring and forward thinking East London hipster.

The project, comissioned by history TV channel Yesterday to celebrate its new series, the Secret Life of..., saw digital artists working closely with history experts to ensure the portraits gave a real sense of how historical characters would look if they were alive today.


Horatio Nelson's famous missing arm is replaced with a prosthetic limb, and a balding Shakespeare has been given a hair transplant.

And ever-trendy Marie Antoinette, who was teased as a teen for her small breasts, has been given a boob job.

The artworks, which took three months to create, were created under the watchful eye of award-winning academic, author and historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to ensure the new artworks accurately reflect how the historical figures might look in 2013.


Dr Lipscomb leaned heavily on the insight gained from the 'Secret Life Of' series, which delves deep into the lives of iconic historical figures and dishes the dirt on their hitherto unexplored secret lives.

Each modern day recreation provides an incredible insight into what some of the most revered figures in history would look like, had they lived in today's society complete with cosmetic surgery, pearly white teeth, and the latest fashion wear.

Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday, said: 'Secret Life Of' takes a completely new perspective on the lives on some of history's most fascinating and notorious figures.


'Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Marie Antoinette and Nelson are among the iconic personalities whose lifestyles and habits are dissected through the eyes of the contemporary, celebrity-obsessed world.

'These great characters are reimagined with a modern take, showing them in a completely different light - much like the new re-versioned portraits.'