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West End actors strip off in evocative 'Fishlove' conservation photoshoot

West End actors including Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance have stripped off in a campaign against overfishing in British seas as part of the revealing 'Fishlove' campaign.

The latest photographic series from London seafood restaurant, J Sheekey Oyster Bar, tasked the celebs with holding fish against their bare skin, including the likes of best supporting actor Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise), Miriam Margolyes, Dougray Scott, Jodhi May Alex Jennings and more.

On the back of research claiming that since the 1950s, an estimated 90 per cent of large predatory fish have been lost to overfishing, the campaign looks to increase the public’s knowledge around the issue.

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Tim Hughes, chef director at Caprice Holdings, said: "It made sense for J Sheekey Oyster Bar to get behind this campaign, especially since the photographs feature wonderful actors who work in the theatres on our doorstep.

“We are passionate about marine conservation, and making sure that the suppliers and fishermen we work with are as committed to fish sustainability as we are.”

Actor Rylance 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. I posed for Fishlove to join those highlighting the plight of fish on earth at present.”

The chain is committed to not selling fish red listed on the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Fish Guide and looks to support the Ethical Shellfish Company and more in their mission for replenished stocks.

All images courtesy of Fishlove/Jillian Edelstein.