A HOLLYWOOD actor has gifted Ellesmere College with a signed photograph, complete with a special message.

Hugh Jackman, best known for his roles as Wolverine in the X-Men films and PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman – has sent his good wishes to everybody at the college’s Arts Centre.

In 1998, Jackman played the lead role of Curly in the Royal National Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! – a performance which gave him his international break and an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Earlier this year, he arranged an Oklahoma! reunion where the original cast accompanied him onstage during his arena tour.

Howard Ellis, who recently performed in the Brightman & Bocelli tribute concert at Ellesmere College, played the role of Joe in the production and was invited to join Hugh on his tour.

During rehearsals, Howard would often find himself talking with the Australian star about the work being done at the Arts Centre, and this led to Hugh very kindly writing a message of good wishes.

Rachel Schubert, director of drama at the college, said that everyone in the department is a massive fan of Hugh Jackman.

“We are all huge fans of Hugh’s work here at the Arts Centre,” she said. “And we are so incredibly proud and grateful that Hugh has taken the time to send his best wishes.

“It is wonderful that we are able to display his support for the arts here at Ellesmere College.”