Dame Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman and Gordon Ramsay transform into teachers for online learning portal Masterclass

Maisie Bovingdon
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Natalie Portman, Gordon Ramsay and Dame Helen Mirren are among many celebrities offering advice and tips through Masterclass. (Getty Images)

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People across the globe have gone head over heels for Stanley Tucci’s cocktail masterclasses, as well as Joe Wicks’ fitness classes during lockdown.

While some may have turned to box sets, puzzles, or boardgames, others may have turned to arts and crafts, such as calligraphy or knitting.

With a surge in people learning a new skill, there is one site that has piqued a lot of interest - Masterclass.

The website is an online learning platform that offers over 80 expert and celebrity-led classes for everyone to enjoy.

Gordon Ramsey is on hand to share his culinary skills, Dame Helen Mirren and Natalie Portman give their acting tips, Annie Leibovitz teaches photography, while Martin Scorsese reveals all there is to know about filmmaking, among other professionals.

On average there are 20 lessons per class, which run for an average of 10 minutes each.

There is a vast selection of categories from business, photography, cooking, acting, as well as music, sports and filmmaking.

Each class has been designed to suit everyone’s ages and abilities.

Members who sign up for the Masterclass membership will not only have access to the classes and video lessons, but also an in-depth workbook to help them on their way.

Masterclass allows you access on smartphones, as well as TV apps, and the site itself, plus a newsletter will be distributed to members.

An annual membership for Masterclass usually costs £170, but there is currently an offer on allowing customers two passes for the price of one for a limited time only.

If you are not satisfied with Masterclass there is a 30-day guarantee, which allows you to cancel your subscription and get a full refund.

Our top pick of classes on Masterclass

Helen Mirren teaches Acting

Gordon Ramsay teaches Cooking

Bobbi Brown teaches Make-up and Beauty

Ru Paul teaches Self-Expression and Authenticity

Margaret Atwood teaches Creative Writing

Natalie Portman teaches Acting