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Actor 'excited' to play lead in Fifty Shades Of Grey film

British actor Charlie Hunnam has spoken about his forthcoming role as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey.

He said: "I'm just very excited and honoured to be entrusted with bringing this incredible character to life.

"Outside of the notoriety and the phenomenon of that book, just the adaptation of it, this guy as he exists in the film is such an incredible role".

Hunnam's leading lady will be Dakota Johnson who takes on the role of Anastasia Steele.


Fifty Shades of Grey wins best fiction book prize

EL James's bestselling sensation Fifty Shades Of Grey has been named one of the books of the year at a literary awards ceremony.

Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James Credit: Michael Lionstar

The book has become a literary phenomenon, selling more than 5.3 million copies to become the best selling book of all time in the UK.

It was named the Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards last night.

Miranda Hart won the Non-Fiction prize

Others winners included comic Miranda Hart, who won the Non-Fiction prize for Is It Just Me?, and David Walliams, whose Ratburger was named Children's Book of the Year.

David Walliams won Children's Book of the Year.

Sports presenter Clare Balding won the Autobiography category for My Animals And Other Family, ahead of other shortlisted authors including Walliams, Salman Rushdie and Who guitarist Pete Townshend.

Lorraine Kelly hosted the event

The event was hosted by Daybreak presenter Lorraine Kelly at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park, central London.

Husband of record-smashing erotic writer bags own book deal

Niall Leonard, whose wife EL James wrote the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, has landed his own major book deal - with a manuscript he wrote in just a month.

The thriller, Crusher, is due to be published later this year and is aimed at young adults.

Niall Leonard, husband of erotic writer EL James, to publish own book Credit: PA/Random House Group

Niall Leonard, a TV screenwriter responsible for programmes like Monarch of the Glen and Hornblower, was challenged to write the book by his wife. Executives at her publishing house were so impressed, they signed him up to a three book deal.

Fifty Shades of Grey, his wife's debut novel, set a UK record last week by selling more than 200,000 copies in seven days.