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Northamptonshire winners of Britain's Got Talent 2012

Ashleigh Butler (17) and dog Pudsey (6), from Northamptonshire are the winners of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

Ashleigh and Pudsey from Northamptonshire have became the first ever dog trick act to win ITV's Britain's Got Talent. They beat 10 other finalists to win £500,000 and the chance to perform in front of the Queen at the centenary Royal Variety Performance.

Ashleigh Butler, 17, and her six-year-old dog Pudsey are from the Wellingborough Dog Training Club. They charmed viewers and the judges alike with their routines.

In the final show on ITV1 on Saturday night the pair did a fast-footed routine to the Mission Impossible theme.

Miss Butler, from Northampton, was in tears when presenters Ant and Dec broke the news that they had won the talent show.

Ashleigh and Pudsey appearing in the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent Credit: ITV

Miss Butler, from Northampton, was in tears when presenters Ant and Dec broke the news that they had won the talent show.

She said: "I just want to say thank you to everyone that voted for me, and I'm just so proud of Pudsey." She cuddled the dog adding: "I love you."

The teenager trained her pet to jump, dance on his hind legs, meander through her legs and even got him to run across the judges' table.

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Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell said Ashleigh and Pudsey were one of his favourite acts. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Pudsey - a border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross - obviously won over fearsome judge Simon Cowell, who admitted he has a soft spot for dogs.

He said the pair were one of his "favourite ever acts".

After their performance, he joked: "I actually think Pudsey is training you now. I adore both you. You have got better and better as the competition has progressed and to do what you did in such a short time is a miracle."

The pair got through to the final after last Sunday's semi-final.

Comedian panellist David Walliams told the teen: "I don't know how long it takes to train Pudsey but it is the third original act we have seen from you which is extraordinary. The nation has fallen in love, not just with Pudsey but with you too."

Miss Butler joked that Pudsey had become "very diva-ish" during the last week, demanding steak dinners.

Singers Sam Kelly from Spixworth in Norfolk and Molly Rainford from Essex were also in the final, screened live on ITV1, but failed to make the final three.

Ashleigh and Pudsey from Northamptonshire, Sam Kelly from Norfolk and Molly Rainford from Essex Credit: ITV

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