LEADING actors Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson have bared their flesh in the cause of fish.
The actors, along with Game of Thrones star Jodhi May, stripped off for Fishlove to highlight the dangers of overfishing and pollution.
In the past, Helena Bonham Carter and Judi Dench have posed in similar fashion.
Rylance, who won a best supporting actor Oscar and a Bafta for the Cold War thriller Bridge Of Spies, also starring Tom Hanks, has been photographed with a smooth-hound shark.
He said: ‘I felt I was holding a very old being. Our skins were very different, mine smooth and soft, hers, like sandpaper, yet somehow similar as well.
‘Fish are a mystery to me. They are like creatures from dreams. They are evolution.
‘They are also limited and I believe we must create great wildlife parks in the oceans where no human pursues the fish in order to sustain their livelihood and our own.’
Meanwhile, 56-year-old Emma Thompson and her actor husband Greg have been photographed naked holding two black scabbard fish.
They said: ‘You do feel a little guilty holding a huge dead fish while you are very much alive, but by doing this Fishlove portrait we want to make clear the message — if we don’t end the overfishing and pollution of the ocean, all these beautiful creatures are threatened.’
Fishlove, which is dedicated to preserving fish and marine life, said the photographs were commissioned by Covent Garden seafood restaurant J Sheekey Oyster Bar.
Miriam Margolyes (pictured), who also shed all is pictured holding a John Dory fish. She said: ‘I’m usually asked to keep my clothes on, but Fishlove is a cause I believe in so it was easy to say yes.’
Other actors who took part in the Fishlove Theatre Series to call for greater marine protection in UK waters included Dougray Scott, Chipo Chung from Doctor Who, Haydn Gwynne, Ade Edmondson and Tom Bateman of Jekyll and Hyde.