Pudsey takes red carpet by storm

Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog took a ‘bow wow’ on the red carpet at the premiere of his big screen debut yesterday.

The dancing dog — who won viewer’s hearts when he and owner Ashleigh Butler won the ITV talent show in 2012 — arrived in London’s Leicester Square with the 19-year-old and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams. He voices the pooch in Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.

The film sees Pudsey taking the lead in a battle to save his village from dog-hating landowner Mr Thorne, played by John Sessions.

Walliams, 42, said: “When we audition people for Britain’s Got Talent we see hundreds and hundreds of people, so your expectations are quite low.

“!And they just got better and better and better and now here’s Pudsey with his very own film premiere.”

Despite playing the voice of Pudsey, Walliams revealed the dog never remembers him, unless he hides a treat in his pocket.

Talking about finding Pudsey’s personality, he said: “I used to do his voice round my house as a bit of a joke, but I didn’t know how the script would turn out.

“And when I realised he’s like a kid in this family, that was really the key to it, thinking he’s like a kid who’s never grown up.”

Butler performed with Pudsey on the red carpet, and revealed her pet pooch had known something special was happening as they got ready for the premiere together.

She said: “Pudsey was very, very excited this morning. When he did both his routines he was showing off a little bit. When he saw the crowds he was like ‘This is my day!’

Directed by Horrid Henry: The Movie’s Nick Moore and written by Paul Rose, the film also stars Jessica Hynes, Olivia Colman, Peter Serafinowicz and Amanda Holden.

Hynes, who plays Pudsey’s adopted mother in the film, attended the premiere with her partner and three children. She revealed they had taught their own dog some tricks, inspired by Pudsey.

Pudsey The Dog: The Movie opens in cinemas today.


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