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Last Updated: Monday September 19 2005 08:49 GMT

Stars open up UK's Walk of Fame

Ant and Dec
Stars from the worlds of music, film, comedy and TV got together to open the UK's walk of fame on Sunday.

The Avenue of Stars, in central London's Covent Garden, is lined with plaques marked with the names of top entertainers from the last 50 years.

Actor Michael Caine cut the ribbon to open the walkway, which features Ant and Dec, Ricky Gervais, The Beatles and Potter actor Robbie Coltraine.

One hundred people are on the walkway, and more will be added every year.

Michael Caine opened the walkway with Kate Thornton
Michael Caine opened the walkway with Kate Thornton

Other stars who made it to the first 100 included Nicole Kidman, Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen, and Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Professor McGonagal in the Harry Potter films.

Ant and Dec said they were surprised to be on the list with so many other stars.

Dec said: "They are all proper showbiz legends. We were saying we shouldn't be here. It's amazing, and tonight has been amazing."

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