The 20th century was a time of extraordinary change. One hundred years of progress which shaped not only the society of the day, but generations to come. Behind this progress were incredible individuals who chose to defy convention, and in doing so changed the world forever.
ICONS is an eight-part series shown on BBC TWO in 2019, exploring the achievements and legacies of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Seven well-known advocates each front an hour-long documentary arguing the case for four people from a different field of human endeavour: Leaders, Explorers, Scientists, Entertainers, Sports Stars, Artists and Writers, and Activists.
At the end of each documentary the public were asked to vote for their favourite. The Icon who won the public vote in each of the seven categories was put through to a live final, which saw all of the celebrity advocates return to fight their Icon's case - the public then voted again for the person they believe was the greatest figure of the 20th Century.
The National Portrait Gallery partnered with the BBC to create this special trail. In the Gallery you will find portraits of a key sitter from each theme.