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Ed Sheeran, the Beckhams and Justin Bieber shown in amazing unseen snaps for new exhibition Barely Famous

NEVER-before-seen photos of young celebrities have been released ahead of a new exhibition.

Dubbed ‘Barely Famous’, the black and white arty shots show an array of fresh-faced A-listers.

Photographer Greg Brennan has shared 12 images from his archives of a host of stars on the road to fame and fortune.

Macaulay Culkin was not yet a teen when snapped with a cheeky smile at a BAFTA awards after-party at London’s The Grosvenor Hotel.  

He was promoting the cult movie Home Alone, released in 1990, and arrived in town with his parents and his brother when he posed up for a picture.

Justin Bieber was 15 when he was captured arriving at his hotel in London.


He was wearing a snazzy leather jacket and headphones after performing on the X Factor for the first time in 2010. 

It was the height of ‘Bieber-mania’ and the pop pin-up was chased all over town by adoring fans.

An iconic photo of The Beckhams showed them arriving for dinner at the Ivy in 2000.

They had only recently got married, and were joined by former Aston Villa and Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich and his wife Sarah.


Becks oozed cool in a white open-necked shirt beneath his black leather jacket, while Victoria looked stunning in a leopard-print top and short skirt.

Another image showed baby-faced One Direction arriving for a party at London nightclub Mahiki in 2009.  

The angelic-looking fivesome had just started on their road to global superstardom and were attending an X Factor after-party.

Puff Daddy was seen enjoying a pizza and cocktail in his limousine in a London snap from 1998. 

American rapper Sean Combs was leaving the Metropolitan Hotel when he asked snapper Greg if he wanted to shoot some fun pictures – before happily posing up with his slap-up dinner.

In a white shirt and sunglasses, the song-writer held up his cocktail for good measure.

Other images in the collection include a 21-year-old Ed Sheeran nervously smiling outside The Grosvenor House Hotel for the Q magazine Awards in 2012. 

The super-star, in a natty suit, was just being catapulted to stardom and looked rather surprised to be asked to stop for the camera.

A 21-year-old Taylor Swift posed as she left London restaurant Automat in 2009. 

The up-and-coming singer was in a friendly mood as she chatted with fans outside the venue. She was in the UK to promote her album.

In another shot, Eminem grabbed his crotch while performing on the Marshall Mathers world tour at the London Arena in 2001. 

The rapper courted controversy with his homophobic lyrics and the London dates of his tour were besieged by angry protesters.

A 16-year-old Rihanna performed for the first time in the UK at the World Music Awards in 2006. 

Then boyfriend Chris Brown also performed at the bash, which hit the headlines because Michael Jackson performed just 30 seconds of charity single We Are The World.

Jay Z and Beyonce were seen in a snap leaving The Collection restaurant in 2006. 

The showbiz couple were in London for the Jay Z Tour at Wembley, where he brought his missus out on stage and confirmed they were an item.  

Greg’s was the only photograph taken of them together during this trip out in the capital.

Leonardo Di Caprio was seen fresh-faced outside the Blood Diamond film premiere after-party, which had taken place at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in 2007. 

He was seen standing outside with friends and happily posed for a picture.  

Super-model Kate Moss was pictured leaving a pub in Covent Garden, London in 2005. 


She had been having drinks with pal Sadie Frost after earlier attending a film premiere with stars Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore for their movie Flawless.

Greg has captured some of the biggest news and showbiz moments of the last 30 years. 

His 12 images will be available for public viewing at the Iconic Images Gallery in Chelsea, south-west London, next year.

Big-hitters who have asked for copies of Greg’s photographs range from Michael Jackson to Bill Clinton and the Royal family.

A copy of his portrait of HM The Queen is held by the Royal Photographic Collection for posterity at the request of Her Majesty. 

Greg’s treasure chest of snaps include portraits of musicians – from the Rolling Stones to Amy Winehouse. Meanwhile he has captured actors from Jack Nicholson to Johnny Depp, and world leaders from Nelson Mandela to The Pope.

The London Photo Show ran an exhibition of some of his work in 2019, and is also planning another show next year.

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