Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Charlie Sheen portrait 'capturing essence of addiction' goes up for auction

Lincoln Townley's Russell Brand portrait sold for $20,000 in December

Tut-tut: Head of restoration leaves Egyptian Museum after Tutankhamun’s beard debacle

As an investigation is launched into King Tut's gold beard being broken, the man in charge is transferred to another museum

'The Arsenal player fouled by a zebra' and other subtitle failures that make TV 'unwatchable'

Ofcom has found subtitles provide ‘inferior’ viewing experience

What do you ink? Dame Judi at 80

What do you ink? Dame Judi Dench plans tattoo to mark her 80th birthday

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star once pretended she had Harvey Weinstein's name tattooed on her bottom

'Banksy Does New York' Film - 2014

Another Banksy hoax? Man going around claiming to be Robin Banks is not the street artist

Does the Bristol-born graffiti legend have an impersonator in Cumbria?

Howard Marks has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he has announced

Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'

The international criminal and bestselling writer is raising money to set up a charitable foundation

V&A museum in London

V&A removes depiction of Prophet Mohamed from website amid 'severe security alert'

A poster by an Iranian artist can no-longer be found in the museum's digital database

Paul Bettany, Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow on The Ellen Show

Ellen DeGeneres leads Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany in revealing game of Never Have I Ever

Mortdecai stars barely say a word, but admit to an awful lot, during party game on The Ellen Show

Revolution versus Wolf Hall? Russell Brand more influential than Hilary Mantel, according to Debrett's 500 list

The comedian and Newsnight guest has been placed higher on this year's list of 500 Most Influential People in Britain Today in the books category than the multiple prize-winning author

Michael Keaton with Edward Norton in Birdman

Producers Guild of America: Birdman's Oscars chances take off as Alejandro Inarritu’s comedy wins top gong

Oscars buzz reaches fever pitch as awards season enters full swing

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee