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Dot and Leonard Hook of South Darenth talk about roles in Harry Potter film and Skyfall

By Ellis Stephenson

A Kent couple have spoken about their starring roles in some of the biggest films and TV shows in the UK.

Dot and Leonard Hook from South Darenth, Dartford, have featured in movies including the latest in the Harry Potter series and Skyfall.

The pair have also met a who's who of actors along the way, including Daniel Craig, Joanna Lumley and Dame Judi Dench.

Leonard and Dot Hook have appeared in films including Skyfall and Harry Potter
Leonard and Dot Hook have appeared in films including Skyfall and Harry Potter

Leonard, who is 79, has featured in the police drama The Bill as well as Men Behaving Badly where he was cast as a "drunk".

His wife Dot, aged 76, said: "For someone who doesn't drink they always cast him as a drunk."

The pair halted their career in front of the camera as they moved to Spain.

But after seven years the grandparents of 13 and great-grandparents of 20 soon arrived back in the UK to take roles in blockbuster movies.

They both featured in the James Bond film as extras in a scene where a Tube train crashed and Leonard had a role as a train driver in Harry Potter and Dot was a wizard's mother.

Their journey started after Leonard's hands were used to hold a dove for Elvis Costello as the singer was scared of birds.

Having previously handled birds as a magician the problem was no match for Leonard.

Video: Dot and Leonard Hook reflect on their life on the big screen

Once agencies started getting in touch with Leonard, Dot followed and was soon getting parts of her own.

They decided to shelve the idea of appearing on TV screens in favour of entertaining crowds at charity events.

The pair said their favourite appearance was in Band of Brothers.

Dot said: "Band of Brothers was brilliant.

"When we did Band of Brothers we were in the prison camp part and the atmosphere and the smoke from the burning buildings made you think what it was like to be there.

"Every time I see that scene I can't help shedding a tear."

The couple also appeared in Les Miserables.

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