Brian Blessed to become 'fearsome beastie'

Author Giles Paley-Phillips (left) with actor Brian Blessed Credit: Giles Paley-Phillips

Today saw legendary actor and raconteur Brian Blessed become the voice of a Sussex author's animation creation.

The Flash Gordon star will play The Fearsome Beastie in the computer animated cartoon of the same name, due on our screens next year.

Hove author Giles Paley-Phillips wrote the original children's book in 2011. It won the People’s Book Prize a year later.

Brian Blessed said: "I'm always on the look-out for original projects and as soon as I read the book and started thinking about Beastie, I knew that I had to be involved."