A COCK­NEY STRAIGHT FROM HAMIL­TON

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MARY’S new side­kick is Jack, who — in­stead of sweep­ing chim­neys — lights Lon­don’s re­main­ing gas lamps.

He is played by Lin-Manuel Mi­randa (right), best known for cre­at­ing the hit stage mu­si­cal Hamil­ton.

Puerto Ri­can Lin-Manuel, 38, says: ‘The [pro­duc­ers] told me: “If you want him to be an Amer­i­can, he can be.”

‘I said: “No, I’m try­ing my hand at the ac­cent. We’re do­ing this. I don’t want to be in a Mary Pop­pins movie and not have a Bri­tish ac­cent.” ’

He says the multi-task­ing in­volved was a chal­lenge: ‘In one scene I light a lamp, ride a bike, steal an ap­ple from a cart, throw it to an or­phan child — all while singing in a Cock­ney ac­cent.

‘That mo­ment is the hard­est ten sec­onds of my life!’

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