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Hollywood A-lister a surprise guest at Demons' training

Dees find a new fan in Hollywood superstar Natalie Portman takes in the Demons' training session at Gosch's Paddock

ACADEMY Award-winning actor Natalie Portman brought a touch of Hollywood to Melbourne's pre-season training on Wednesday, taking time out of her trip to Australia to get a dose of footy culture.

Portman was there as one of her friends is a mad Demons supporter and Melbourne was only too happy to accommodate their celebrity visitor and her family.

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Although she was keen to remain inconspicuous, the Demons also had a guernsey complete with her name on the back of the jumper.

Coach Simon Goodwin spoke to her for several minutes, while football manager Josh Mahoney and CEO Gary Pert also met her.

Portman posed for photos with coaches and staff before leaving for a tour of the MCG, where she enjoyed a kick of a Sherrin on the hallowed turf. 

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The actress is in Australia to attend the National Gallery of Victoria's prestigious annual gala, and is set to be the special guest of the gallery and Visit Victoria on Saturday. She also attended a friend's wedding earlier in her trip.

The 37-year-old, who is best known for her Oscar-winning turn in 2011's Black Swan and her portrayal of Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequels from 1999-2005, is in Australia on holiday with her family.

 

Hollywood star Natalie Portman enjoyed a morning at Melbourne training. Pictures: Robert Cianflone, Getty Images