Stephen Mangan strips off to recreate pregnant Demi Moore cover – and it’s not for the faint-hearted

Mangan is reprising his role as a pregnant man in the Sky Arts adaptation of stage comedy Birthday

No offence to Stephen Mangan, who is undoubtedly a strapping specimen of manhood, but naked… and pregnant? You could argue that this photo (recreating Demi Moore’s famous Vanity Fair magazine cover) is not for the faint-hearted…

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But what’s it all in aid of? Well it’s a reminder that Mangan is starring in Sky Arts’ version of comedy stage play Birthday, in which the gender tables are turned as he finds himself on an NHS maternity ward, pregnant, waiting for his caesarean and the imminent birth of his daughter.

Anna Maxwell Martin plays Mangan’s high-flying executive wife, doing her best to remain sympathetic and patient throughout as his dad-to-be Ed experiences the agony, tears, humiliation, anxiety and ecstasy of an experience usually reserved for the fairer sex (no offence, Stephen…)

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Also starring Sherlock’s Louise Brealey as the hospital registrarBirthday airs on Sky Arts on Tuesday 9th June at 9pm.