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The interview


When your outfit is a distinctive blue duffle coat and red bush hat, it’s hard to go unnoticed. This year, thanks to a new movie and his starring role in the M&S Christmas campaign, Paddington is more recognisable than ever


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How did you end up meeting Santa Claus?
It was sort of a wonderful accident. I heard a noise on the roof and there was Santa with a big sack of presents for everyone. I’d always wanted to meet him and I decided to help him out, as he had a lot of presents to deliver.

What was he like?
He was a bit thinner than I imagined. It was funny that he left his sleigh and reindeers on the roof – mind you, Mrs Bird is always saying how hard it is to park in London.

Is there anyone else famous you’d like to meet?
Hmm, I’ve heard of a person called Bear Grylls. That is a good name. Apparently, he likes surviving in jungles, so we could have a good talk about my time in Darkest Peru. I buried a few jars of marmalade out there for safekeeping, and I could tell him where to find some.

How do you feel about all the attention you’ve been getting recently?
The fans, the cameras? Everyone is very friendly now but I’m not sure what the

fuss is about. When I first arrived in London, nobody noticed me for ages.

What is Christmas like at 32 Windsor Gardens?
Mrs Bird cooks a big turkey, with sprouts and potatoes and cranberries and stuffing and parsnips. I keep dropping hints about having duck à l’orange instead one year, or at least putting more marmalade in the gravy, but I’m not complaining.

What is the best present you’ve received?
My Uncle Pastuzo gave me this red bush hat. It’s very useful, especially when it rains, which I have to say it does rather a lot in Britain. And I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat in case of emergencies.

What presents will you be giving this year?
I’ll send a scarf to my Aunt Lucy at the Home for Retired Bears in Lima. Toys for Jonathan and Judy. Some new drawing pads and pencils for Mrs Brown, a toolkit for Mr Brown, who is always fixing things, and a new apron for Mrs Bird.

Interviewer: Grub Smith

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