Former Art Attack presenter denies he is Banksy

Managing Director of Britt Allcroft, William Harris (L) and Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan in London. Britt Allcroft, own
Managing Director of Britt Allcroft, William Harris (L) and Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan in London. Britt Allcroft, owner of Thomas the Tank Engine, added a host of new programmes to its stable with the buying of Media Merchants Group, which makes Art Attack. * for up to 14 million. The buy will add children's art and crafts series Art Attack and the ZZZAP! and It's a Mystery programmes shown on ITV to Britt's expanding portfolio. Also they announced the company's annual results.

Former Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan has denied he is mystery artist Banksy after a social media rumour gained traction.

The rumour, which did the rounds on Twitter, suggested Banksy’s art had popped up in locations where Mr Buchanan had performed music.

“Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy,” a statement on the artist’s website read. “We have been inundated with inquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story.

“Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these inquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.

Banksy’s latest work
Banksy’s latest work on the inside of a London Underground carriage about the spread of coronavirus (@banksy)

“​Neil spent lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021.”

Mr Buchanan became a familiar face in many households in the UK between 1990 and 2007 through his role on ITV’s Art Attack.

Many will remember him for giant works of art which he would put together using everyday items.

Banksy, meanwhile, recently sprayed the inside of a London Underground train carriage with messages about the spread of coronavirus, before it was removed by Transport for London.

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