Hugh Bonneville pays tribute to Paddington creator

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Paddington 2 star Hugh Bonneville has paid tribute to creator Michael Bond, who passed away in June.

A celebration of Bond's life was held today (November 14) at St Paul's Cathedral in London where excerpts of his work were read by members of his family, with the service attended by Bonneville, Stephen Fry and more.

"As Stephen Fry put it, Michael was as kindly, dignified, charming and loveable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us," Bonneville said (via Daily Mail).

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Along with his Paddington co-stars Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris, Bonneville read out tributes from fans during the service, while other guests brought their own Paddington Bears with them.

Bond passed away following a short illness at the age of 91, with HarperCollins paying a warm tribute as they announced the sad news.

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"I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond's publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers," said Ann-Janine Murtaugh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children's Books.

"He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations."

Paddington 2 is currently in UK cinemas, with a US release set for January 12, 2018.

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