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James Bond star Daniel Craig makes surprise cameo in Christmas pantomime

James Bond star Daniel Craig made a surprise appearance in tonight’s Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime.

The actor joined the star-studded line-up which included the likes of This Country’s Daisy May Cooper and The Crown’s Olivia Colman.

The actor played the unlikely character of Wheezy Jeff, the horse.

Written by the Dawson Brothers and based on an original script by Ben Crocker, the production saw Olivia make her pantomime debut as the Fairy Godmother.

Olivia was also reunited with her fellow The Crown star Helena Bonham Carter, who took on the role of Lady Devilia.

The one-hour Cinderella pantomime retold the classic tale, with The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy playing the titular character.

From James Bond to a horse… (Picture: BBC/Comic Relief)
He makes a great horse, right? (Picture: BBC)

Executive producer and Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis said he is ‘hugely grateful’ to have been given the opportunity to air the pantomime on TV.

‘We’re hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime,’ he explained ahead of the pantomime.

Daniel Craig will make a surprise appearance in the panto (Picture: PA)

‘It’ll be very funny and merry – and also a great seasonal opportunity to raise crucial funds for the projects that will help the most vulnerable people, at home and abroad – especially now when Covid has made things harder than ever for many.’

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, described the pantomime as ‘a unique surprise at the end of a year when we all need cheering up’.

‘Thank you so much to Richard Curtis and the team at Comic Relief for assembling such a stellar cast to deliver us a pantomime to remember.’

Artist Quentin Blake, best-known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books, has created a range of hand-drawn illustrations of Cinderella to add a sprinkle of magic to the production.

The illustrations will be signed by Quentin and auctioned in aid of Comic Relief.

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas will air on Thursday December 24 at 8.15pm on BBC Two, and it will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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