Portrait of Kevin Spacey as ‘House Of Cards’ character Frank Underwood hung in Washington gallery

Underwood image hung near paintings of real US Presidents ahead of Netflix show's return

A portrait of Kevin Spacey’s House Of Cards character Frank Underwood now sits alongside images of real US Presidents in Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

The 6-foot painting was created by British artist Jonathan Yeo and will hang in the Washington gallery’s entrance in the run up to the start of the fourth series of House Of Cards, which starts next month on Netflix (March).

Speaking about his aggressive image in the painting, Spacey admitted it was deliberate. “When it is hung at the right height you may wonder if I’m about to kick you in the face, which seems appropriate for this particular character.”

Spacey added that it was “an incredible honour” to have his picture hanging alongside the former Presidents of America.

The fourth season of the award-winning political drama will debut on Netflix on March 4 – slightly later than the show’s usual launch date in February. As with previous seasons, all the new episodes will be released simultaneously, allowing fans to binge-watch the series.

Kevin Spacey and Michel Kelly will once again be joined by Robin Wright as Frank’s equally scheming wife Claire Underwood, while Scream actress Neve Campbell has joined the cast in a series regular role. Campbell’s character has yet to be revealed, but it is believed she will be playing a new rival to the Underwoods, potentially one half a younger Frank and Claire-style power couple.

Since premiering in 2013, House Of Cards has become one of Netflix’s most popular and critically acclaimed original series. Spacey and Wright have each won a Golden Globe award for their performances on the show, which is based on a 1990s BBC mini-series of the same name.

Netflix has already ordered a fifth season to air in 2017, though the acclaimed drama’s showrunner Beau Willimon will not be returning for season five and his successor has yet to be announced.