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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Josephine Baker dancing in 1925; Rihanna performing

Rihanna first choice to play legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker

Rihanna’s sexy dance moves and skimpy outfits might shock your granny. But the singer and actress has nothing on legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker whom RiRi looks set to play in a film biopic.

Prison Break actor and Stoker screenwriter Wentworth Miller has attacked Russia over its new anti-gay laws

'As a gay man, I must decline' - Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller refuses invitation to Russia over their anti-gay laws

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has published a strongly worded letter declining an invitation to attend a Russian film festival in light of the country’s new anti-gay laws.

Baking hot: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The Great British Bake Off is BBC's recipe for success as ratings double year-on-year

Our appetite for The Great British Bake Off is bigger than ever, it seems, after last night's series was watched by almost double the audience which greeted the previous series launch.

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'. Running time: 173 minutes

Will Hollywood ever have a gay action hero? Report highlights lack of LGBT diversity among 'Big Six' film studios

GLAAD records not a single transgender character in films made in 2012 and just 31 identifiably gay or bisexual characters overall

Marion Cotillard at The Dark Knight Rises premiere in July 2012.

Marion Cotillard to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender

French actress Marion Cotillard has played her fair share of hard-headed women. From her Academy Award-winning turn as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose to Miranda in The Dark Knight Rises, the slight, beautiful actress has skilfully subverted feminine stereotypes onscreen. But now she is set to take on one of Shakespeare’s most complex female characters: Lady Macbeth.

Three unknown Elizabethan children Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, c.1580 Privately Owned

National Portrait Gallery unveils earliest known portrait of a guinea pig

What is believed to be the earliest known portrait of a pet guinea pig has been uncovered by the National Portrait Gallery.

Terrific intensity: Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth

Is this a Branagh I see before me? Sir Kenneth to make New York stage debut in Macbeth

Last month Sir Kenneth Branagh added fuel to the curse rumours around Shakespeare’s Macbeth when he reportedly injured another actor during an onstage fight. But Sir Kenneth remains seemingly undeterred by the darkness of the “Scottish play” and is set to make his New York stage debut as the power-hungry Thane next summer.

Lady Gaga warns ‘little monsters’ to stop sending abusive tweets after Perez Hilton row

“Born This Way” singer Lady Gaga has urged her fans, known as “little monsters”, to stop sending threats, using hateful language and provoking others on the internet.

Lee Thompson Young in a scene from the TNT series,

Child star Lee Thompson Young found dead: Disney and Smallville actor 'tragically took his own life'

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young has died aged 29 after apparently committing suicide.

Alan Davies, Stephen Fry on BBC panel show QI

Quite Interesting: contestants on BBC quiz show know the questions in advance

Audiences have long marvelled at the apparently off-the-cuff erudition of panelists on BBC Two quiz show QI.

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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
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Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments