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Sir Michael Gambon joins Paddington film cast

Paddington still Image copyright StudioCanal
Image caption Paddington was named after the London train station where he was found by the Brown family

Sir Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have joined the cast for the new Paddington movie, joining Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville.

Gambon, who played Dumbledore in five Harry Potter films, will voice the marmalade-loving bear's Uncle Pastuzo.

Staunton, Gambon's Harry Potter co-star, will play Aunt Lucy.

Whishaw will lend his voice to author Michael Bond's hapless bear from "darkest Peru" in the film, which will come out in the UK in November.

The film will feature a mixture of live action and CGI animation.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will play Mr Brown, the father in the family who adopts Paddington after the bear is found at Paddington station.

Sally Hawkins will appear as Mrs Brown, while Julie Walters will be their eccentric housekeeper Mrs Bird.

The rest of the cast will include Nicole Kidman, who will play evil taxidermist Millicent.

Jim Broadbent will play Mr Gruber and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi as the Browns' neighbour.

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