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Face of Christian Grey revealed

09 July 2012

Rachel Atkinson

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UCLan academic publishes first image of the mysterious 50 Shades of Grey character

He’s the man on everyone’s minds – and now academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have put together an image of Christian Grey, the dark and mysterious character at the centre of E L James’ 50 Shades of Grey novels.

Dr Faye Skelton, a lecturer in UCLan’s School of Psychology, put together an ‘efit’ – a computer-generated facial composite – based on descriptions from a dozen women of the mental image they have of Christian Grey.

Most of the descriptions drew comparisons with famous film stars, which may help Hollywood moguls when the inevitable film remake comes to casting.

“While we don’t want to intrude on anyone’s fantasies, based on a small sample of women, this is the image of Christian Grey they have in their heads when reading the novels.”

While Dr Skelton used an ‘efit’ for this process, UCLan’s psychology department is best known in this field for devising the more advanced EVOFit system, a software system that helps victims and witnesses of crime generate an image of a criminal’s face.

The pioneering system requires witnesses and victims to repeatedly select from screens of complete faces, with ‘breeding’, to ‘evolve’ a composite of the criminal’s face. It is currently used in crime investigations throughout the world because of the high identification rate of its composites.

Dr Skelton said: “While we don’t want to intrude on anyone’s fantasies, based on a small sample of women, this is the image of Christian Grey they have in their heads when reading the novels. Personally, I think he’s quite handsome – although everyone’s interpretation will be different!

“While we didn’t use it in this case, UCLan’s EVOFit system is even more advanced and is already used by police forces across the world thanks to its high success rate.”

“This was just a bit of fun, but it does show the quality of image we can now generate. While we didn’t use it in this case, UCLan’s EVOFit system is even more advanced and is already used by police forces across the world thanks to its high success rate.”

The Christian Grey composite was originally put together for the radio station Mix96 based on feedback from listeners.

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