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Actress Zellweger praises island
Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter in the film
Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger has been paying tribute to the Isle of Man after filming scenes for her new film about Beatrix Potter.

The 36-year-old actress said that she has had daily runs on the beach while on the island filming for Miss Potter.

Her co-star Ewan McGregor said he had bought a bike from the bike museum and "thoroughly enjoyed" his stay.

Miss Potter is expected to become the highest profile film to feature the Isle of Man.

Filming moved from the island to Cumbria on Tuesday.

The film's publicist said the cast and crew had made "extensive tours" of the island and were regular visitors to local restaurants and hotels.

Ewan McGregor
It was my first visit to the Isle of Man and I've thoroughly enjoyed it
Ewan McGregor

Zellweger, best known for her role as Bridget Jones, said: "It's been great looking across at the ocean and I've gone for daily runs on the beach whenever the weather allowed."

Ewan McGregor added: "I've had a great time here.

"I've visited the bike museum - and I've actually bought an old bike to add to my collection.

"It was my first visit to the Isle of Man and I thoroughly enjoyed it'

Publicist Susan d'Arcy said that the Isle of Man museum in Douglas was a favourite visitor attraction with the cast and crew.

Miss Potter, played by Zellweger, tells the life story of the author of children's classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle.

Zellweger won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2004 for her role in Cold Mountain.

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