Writer behind Paddington Bear sketch praises late Queen’s acting | Daily Mail Online

    Writer behind the Queen’s Paddington Bear and 2012 Olympics sketches praises the late Monarch’s cameos, saying she had ‘brilliant’ comic timing and ‘loved acting’

    The sketch writer charged with giving comedy lines to the Queen has revealed the late monarch had a natural love of acting – and brilliant comic timing. 

    Frank Cottrell Boyce appeared on BBC Breakfast from his home in Liverpool this morning to pay tribute to the late Queen, who died at Balmoral yesterday afternoon at the age of 96. 

    The comic writer co-wrote both the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, which saw the Queen apparently on a secret mission with then Bond actor Daniel Craig, and this year’s Paddington Bear sketch, in which the Monarch and Michael Bond’s marmalade-sandwich munching character shared afternoon tea to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

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    Speaking to BBC Breakfast News hosts Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty this morning, Frank Cottrell Boyce paid tribute, saying the late Queen had ‘real acting talent’

    Sketch writer Cottrell Boyce co-penned both the Paddington Bear and the Daniel Craig 2012 Olympics sketches

    In 2012, the Queen made a cameo ahead of the Olympics in London, starring alongside then James Bond actor Daniel Craig

    Cottrell Boyce described how the Paddington scene, a highlight of the 70-year celebration of the Queen’s extraordinary reign in June, brought out the best in her. 

    He said: ‘She’s absolutely glowing in that moment. And you’ve got to remember that that’s real acting that’s going on there. Paddington isn’t really in the room. 

    ‘She’s acting with an eye-line and with someone pretending to be Paddington. That’s proper acting going on. But I also think it’s true happiness.’

    He elaborated: ‘That’s technically an amazing performance, actually. It’s a brilliantly timed comic performance.’ 

    The Queen had delighted millions of viewers after appearing in the comic sketch with the bear to kick-start the Party in The Palace Jubilee Concert on Saturday, June 4.

    From his home in Liverpool, Frank Cottrell Boyce, left, told BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty that the Queen had impressed him with her acting skills

    The late Queen delighted millions of viewers after appearing in a hilarious sketch with Paddington Bear for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June

    In a pre-recorded segment, Paddington and Her Majesty were pictured sharing a marmalade sandwich at Buckingham Palace

    The sketch was shown in the lead-up to the Platinum Party At The Palace concert outside Buckingham Palace

    The much loved British institutions tapped out the beat of Queen’s We Will Rock You anthem together on china teacups using silver spoons as a unique way of getting the celebrations under way.

    The sketch, which the Queen spent half a day filming, was hailed by Britons as better than her Olympic opening show cameo with James Bond.

    Moments after the news broke on Thursday that Her Majesty had died at the age of 96, Paddington joined millions of others in paying tribute.

    The bear said in a simple, yet heartfelt message: ‘Thank you Ma’am, for everything.’

    Writer behind Paddington Bear sketch praises late Queen’s acting

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