A talented art history graduate from Truro has become the youngest expert of the popular BBC One programme, Antiques Roadshow.
23 year-old Lawrence Hendra, who studied at both Penair and Truro College, has made Sunday night history as the youngest member of the antiques institution.
Lawrence has been pursuing his passion for antique pieces since the age of 13, when, he bought his first piece of art from a local flea market and sold it on for a profit.
Now, a decade and several art discoveries later, he has joined the ranks of experts on the long-running series watched by millions of viewers each week.
Lawrence said: “The Antiques Roadshow has always been at the top of my bucket list.
“It was very daunting and, with everyone else being older and more experienced, I certainly felt the need to prove myself.
“Thankfully, a few discoveries later I feel very much part of the gang.”
His parents, who describe him as having an “encyclopaedic knowledge” of Cornish art, are understandably proud of their son’s achievements.
Simon Hendra, Lawrence’s father, said: “We are absolutely thrilled. It was very strange and nerve-wracking, to watch him on TV, but we thought he did very well.
“It’s always been art and pictures for Lawrence. He spent a great deal of time looking for Cornwall based paintings on eBay and he has made a number of discoveries over the years of long lost paintings from Cornish artists.”
A career in art was almost inevitable for the BBC star, as his family own the prestigious Lander Gallery in Lemon Street Market, Truro.
Viv Hendra, Lawrence’s uncle, said: “We are immensely proud. He grew up with us having the gallery and he used to come in and help us a lot.”
Alongside his TV commitments, Lawrence is currently working as an associate director at the prestigious painting dealer Philip Mould & Company, of Mayfair, London.