Stephen Mangan: "Postman Pat" is cooler than Bond

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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
May 19th, 2014

Stephen Mangan says being Postman Pat is cooler than being James Bond.

The 41-year-old actor voices the children's favorite in a new animated movie and feels the part is more prestigious than that of the famous spy, because so few actors have played Pat.

Talking to BANG Showbiz, he said: ''You grow up thinking you might be James Bond one day and you turn out to be Postman Pat. There has only been three Postman Pats - two guys on the telly did it and me - so there are fewer Postman Pats than James Bonds out there.''

Stephen decided to voice the iconic character because it's a show that his sons, Frank and Harry, can enjoy.

He explained: ''It never occurs to you that you might be asked to be Postman Pat, but as soon as I was asked I said yes. Partly because it is something the children can watch - I've got a three- and a six-year-old, and most of the stuff I do is pretty adult - pretty filthy, actually - so they won't watch that until they are 30, let alone 18 or 21.

''So it is really nice to do something that I can take them along to. It is a bit confusing when they ask, 'What do you do for living daddy, what's your job?' ''

'Postman Pat' is out on May 23.