ACTRESS Gillian Anderson hopes a statue of Charles Dickens will encourage more people to take an interest in literature.
Earlier this week the X Files star, who has also played Miss Havisham in Great Expectations and Lady Dedlock in Bleak House, visited Portsmouth in her role as a patron for the UK’s first statue of the world-famous author.
She said: ‘A lot of people don’t realise Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth. A statue here would encourage more interest.
‘Reading expands the imagination more than watching TV or playing video games. Fairytales guide children into scary places to show that monsters could be tackled, won over and you can survive.
‘Literature can do the same thing. Not just in education but in terms of character, exposing children to how others live and cope with loss, love and life.’
The project team needs to raise another £25,000 and the statue will be in Guildhall Square.
To make a donation, visit dickensstatuefundraising.blogspot.co.uk/.