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Australian of the Year Grace Tame’s ‘brilliant’ drawing for actor John Cleese shocks fans

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Australian Grace Tame’s ‘brilliant’ drawing for actor John Cleese shocks fans who never knew of her artistic talent

  • Tame’s comic version of The Last Supper was donated to Cleese for Father’s Day
  • She shared a photo of the drawing on her Twitter page in honor of his birthday
  • Tame befriended Cleese’s daughter Camilla during her stay in the US
  • She won Australian of the Year for her advocacy for sexual assault survivors










Grace Tame has stunned her followers by showing off her hidden artistic talent.

The 26-year-old, who was named Australian of the Year for her bravery as a survivor and sexual abuse advocate, shared a drawing she donated to actor John Cleese.

Tame shared a photo of the artwork she drew five years ago to her Twitter account on Thursday in honor of the Monty Python star’s birthday.

‘Congratulations, Big Cheese. I can’t believe it’s been five years since we came up with the concept for this,” she said, tagging Cleese’s daughter Camilla.

“However, I will never forget the 7 weeks of drawing, nor the pencil shavings…”

Her extraordinary connection to the Fawlty Towers star started when she moved to the US to study after finishing high school in Tasmania.

She met Cleese’s daughter Camilla while living in the United States and the couple became friends.

Speaking to City News, Tame revealed that Camilla had asked her to do a drawing for her father for Father’s Day in 2017.

“I did and he loved it, so I went on tour with John for part of his ‘Holy Grail’ tour and my sketches became some of the most successful merchandise he sold on tour,” she said.

Australian winner of the year Grace Tame has wowed fans with her ‘brilliant’ artwork for actor John Cleese

Tame befriended Cleese's daughter Camilla (pictured together) and toured with John on his 'Holy Grail' tour

Tame befriended Cleese’s daughter Camilla (pictured together) and toured with John on his ‘Holy Grail’ tour

The artwork, a comedic version of The Last Supper that references some of Cleese’s most famous films and TV shows, was shared by the actor himself, who described Tame’s talent as “brilliant.”

“Grace, our Tasmanian illustrator, @tame_punk, took this stunning photo to be Camilla’s Father’s Day gift to me this year,” he tweeted at the time.

“In there are many cats and Pythons and a watchdog, and Manuel and a very special Fish and many Feet.”

Tame, who was raped by her school math teacher when she was just 15 years old, said she felt “broken and depressed” after reporting her abuse.

“I didn’t have the strength to get out of bed so I watched ‘Monty Python’ DVDs repeatedly because I associated them with positive memories and laughter and that’s what I needed,” she told the publication.

“I was drawing while watching those movies and I remember my mom saying to me one day, ‘Maybe one day you’ll be drawing for one of the Pythons’.”

After sharing the photo, Tame was inundated with comments from many who were amazed at her artistic prowess.

“I didn’t think I could give you more prestige than I already do,” one commented.

‘I thought to myself, is there anything she can’t do? Brilliant,’ said another.

Tame was named Australian of the Year this year after advocating for survivors of sexual assault after being abused as a teenager.

She was widely credited for her fight against an archaic gag order in Tasmania that banned sexual assault survivors like herself from naming their rapists.

Tame was named this year's Australian of the year after advocating for survivors of sexual assault after being abused as a teenager

Tame was named this year’s Australian of the year after advocating for survivors of sexual assault after being abused as a teenager

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