From the pages of children’s literature to the big screen, Paddington has become a global icon, boasting a rich heritage of more than 150 published titles, 130 licensing contracts and a history of nearly 60 years.

His old hat, blue coat and love of marmalade sandwiches are the staple traits of this cultural icon, a polite and kind bear from the depths of Peru.

The first adventure of this iconic bear was published in 1958 with the title A bear called Paddington. The character rocketed to overwhelming success with more than 150 titles dedicated to his adventures, translated into 40 different languages and selling more than 35 million copies worldwide.

2014 saw the release of the first feature film Paddington, directed by Paul King and distributed in Italy by Eagle Pictures. The film, starring Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, enjoyed extraordinary success, collecting more than $280 million at the global box office, taking more than $6 million in Italy alone.

Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson will add their names to the success of the Paddington franchise in Christmas this year, when the follow up movie lands in cinemas across the world.

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