Stephen Mangan: "Postman Pat" is cooler than Bond

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.

Tags: Frank