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Last Updated: Tuesday October 02 2007 16:17 GMT

Lyra actress Dakota gets new role

Dakota Blue Richards

Dark Materials actress Dakota Blue Richards' first film isn't out until Christmas, but she's wasted no time before starting work on a new one.

Dakota, 13, is going to be in a film called The Secret of Moonacre, which is based on a book called The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

In the film Dakota plays Maria, an orphan sent to live with her uncle in mysterious Moonacre Manor.

Dakota started work on the new film in Budapest, Hungary on Monday.

As in the His Dark Materials books, Dakota's character finds herself in a world of magical creatures, and she has to work with them to save Moonacre Valley.

You'll be able see Dakota as Lyra in the first His Dark Materials film, the Golden Compass, when it hits cinemas on 5 December.

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