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Zellweger unveils Potter statue
Renee Zellweger
Zellweger's Potter biopic is released in the UK in January 2007
US actress Renee Zellweger has attended the unveiling of a statue honouring the children's author Beatrix Potter.

The Oscar-winning star said she hoped the 15ft (4.5m) bronze statue at Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, would become "a distinctive local landmark".

Zellweger, 36, is currently shooting a film about Potter in the Lake District with Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.

The actress said she had been "stunned by the beauty of the landscape and the tranquillity of the scene".

The statue - which can be seen at the Lake District's World of Beatrix Potter attraction - depicts three children releasing Potter's character Jemima Puddle-Duck.

'Culmination of a journey'

It also features characters from all of her 23 tales and a carving of one of her Lakeland homes, as well as the mysterious code she used in her personal diary.

Beatrix Potter statue
The statue shows three children releasing Jemima Puddle-Duck
Zellweger's film, Miss Potter, is filming in Cumbria after shooting scenes on the Isle of Man.

The Chicago star, who was accompanied at Sunday's unveiling by her British co-star Lloyd Owen, said that "it brings the whole Miss Potter story to life to be in the places where Beatrix lived".

"Arriving in the Lake District is like the culmination of the journey we've been on these past few weeks."

Directed by Chris Noonan of Babe fame, Miss Potter - which will feature both live action and animation - is released in the UK in January 2007.

The Anglo-American production also stars Anton Lesser, Bill Paterson and Emily Watson.

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