Colin Firth to voice Paddington Bear in new film

Paddington Bear and his creator Michael Bond. Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Colin Firth will provide the voice for Paddington Bear in a new film based on the adventures of the duffle coat-clad character.

The bear, famous for his love of marmalade sandwiches and named after the London station where he was found, was created by Michael Bond.

He first appeared in 1958 in his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, which told how he was packed off from darkest Peru and made his way to Britain where he was adopted by the Brown family.

The King's Speech star joins a cast that includes Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

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