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“It’s funny that the first time in my ca­reer that I play a judge it’s op­po­site an ac­ci­dent-prone bear.”

Padding­ton 2, with an all-star cast in­clud­ing Hugh Grant, Julie Wal­ters and Peter Ca­paldi, opened in cin­e­mas across the UK last week and is al­ready prov­ing a smash hit.

The first f ilm, in 2014, took ev­ery­one by sur­prise when it be­came the high­est- gross­ing non- Hol­ly­wood f i lm to date, tak­ing £131mil­lion at the box of­fice.

Padding­ton, cre­ated by au­thor Michael Bond, who died ear­lier this year, has been de­light­ing mil­lions of chil­dren and adults for more than six decades – and thanks to the movies his ap­peal con­tin­ues to grow.

Pais­ley-born Tom is thrilled to be part of the phe­nom­e­non.

He said: “My daugh­ter Nina had a Padding­ton Bear grow­ing up and I read the books to her just like I did to my grand­sons Arthur and Drum­mond when they were a wee bit younger.

“The boys are both fans of the first movie and I took 13- year- old Arthur with me to the pre­miere of Padding­ton 2 last week and he ab­so­lutely loved it.

“It ap­peals to all ages as there are jokes for the kids and in­nu­en­dos only the adults will un­der­stand.

“Padding­ton is such a feel- good char­ac­ter, he’s like a tonic who makes ev­ery­one feel warm and happy. But it’s not just the bear that makes this movie great, it’s the whole pack­age.

“Ev­ery­thing comes to­gether, giv­ing it a heart and soul. The Brown fam­ily

BEST BAR NONE The beloved bear in his jail out­fit. Right, with the Brown fam­ily. Main pic­ture, Tom Conti as the judge SO SWEET

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