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Firth ditches Paddington Bear in 'conscious uncoupling'

Actor Colin Firth has pulled out of voicing the character of Paddington Bear in a Hollywood role because his voice "did not fit", he said.

Colin Firth has pulled out of voicing the iconic character of Paddington Bear as his voice "did not fit". Credit: Reuters

The Oscar-winning star was due to voice the famous Peruvian bear in the film Paddington, due out in five months and featuring Nicole Kidman and Peter Capaldi.

But, in a statement to Empire, he said: "It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn't have my voice."

Paddington Bear was created by Michael Bond in 1958. Credit: PA Images

"After a period of denial, we've chosen conscious uncoupling," added the 53-year-old, referencing a term coined by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin when they recently announced their separation.

The film's director Paul King said the split was "amicable" and he had not yet selected a replacement for the King's Speech star.