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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Comic actor charged over net porn
Chris Langham in BBC TV series The Thick of It
Mr Langham's writing credits include Help and The Muppet Show
Award-winning comedian Chris Langham has been charged with 15 counts of making indecent images of children, Kent Police have confirmed.

Officers charged Mr Langham, 57, of Cranbrook, Kent, after he answered bail on Wednesday.

The star of BBC comedy The Thick Of It has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Sevenoaks on 17 May.

The Bafta winner was arrested in November as part of an investigation into child pornography on the internet.

As well as the best comedy performance Bafta, which he won on Sunday, he also won the prize for best comedy actor at the British Comedy Awards last year for The Thick of It and Help.

The Thick of It, which transferred from BBC Four to BBC Two earlier this year, sees Langham playing harassed government minister Hugh Abbot.

In Help, he played psychiatrist Peter opposite Paul Whitehouse. The pair also wrote the script for the series.

In a statement issued through his solicitors, Mr Langham said: "I am devastated to have been charged with offences arising from a police investigation.

"I am anxious to clear my name and although there is a great deal I would like to say, I am unable to do so as a result of the legal proceedings.

"I request once again that the privacy of my family is respected and thank the media for their restraint in this regard so far.

"I will not be making any further comment."

The charges relate to an ongoing police inquiry linked to Operation Ore, the UK's largest-ever police investigation into paedophile activity on the internet.

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