Fry lends voice to children's show

This Is Lancashire: Stephen Fry is playing a deer in a new animated TV show for children Stephen Fry is playing a deer in a new animated TV show for children

Stephen Fry is to star in a new animated children's TV show - playing a deer.

The QI host is voicing a character in forthcoming series Driftwood Bay, playing the aristocratic Lord Stag.

Also in the series to be screened on Nick Jr is Ardal O'Hanlon - famed for his role as Father Dougal in Channel 4 comedy Father Ted - and Annette Crosbie from One Foot In The Grave.

The pre-school show revolves around a five-year-old girl, Lily, who creates an imaginary world from items she finds washed up in the bay and features her family and the animals which live nearby.

Also in the cast for the series to be screened in May is Peter Mullan, who will play a sailor, Salty Dog, who regularly reels off his fantastic stories.

Known for his gritty roles, Peter said: "Any actor would give his right arm to be doing a series like Driftwood Bay.

"It's sweet, innovative, funny and gentle with a good heart and a great sense of collective responsibility.

"I've never done any voice work on animation so I thought this was a nice chance to do something that my children can actually see me in for a change."

Annette plays a wise cafe owner and Ardal plays a bull.

Colin Williams of UK production company Sixteen South, which made it, said: "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine attracting a cast of this magnitude to Driftwood Bay.

"These incredibly talented people have taken our characters off the page and made them come alive in the most wonderful, creative way."

The series is set to be screened in several other countries and it will retain the same voices when it is screened in Australia and the US.

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