Freddie Fox is to voice Dennise the Menace in the new CBBC series based on the iconic Beano character.

Freddie Fox

Freddie Fox

The 27-year-old actor - the young brother of actress Emilia Fox - will bring to life the mischievous schoolboy in the CGI animation which will hit screens in late 2017 and as a "life-long fan" of the comic he is thrilled to get the role.

Freddie said: "As a life-long fan of Dennis, I am honoured to voice him for a new generation. I am so excited to be carrying on the red and black striped legacy of a character adored for his mischievousness, energy, live in the moment attitude and full-on imagination. To borrow Dennis' catchphrase, 'This is going to be BLAM!' "

'The Three Musketeers' star has already started recording his lines as Dennis.

The iconic Beano comic book characters are to appear in 52, 11-minute episodes which will see 10-year-old prankster Dennis and his equally naughty dog and best pal Gnasher wreak havoc on the residents of Beano Town in the co-production between CBBC and Beano Studios, a new business set up by publishers DC Thomson as part of a relaunch of the Beano as a global entertainment network for kids including the fun-packed website.

'Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed!' will follow the duo and a gang of friends as they get into scrapes in a world full of action packed adventure where rules just get in the way.

The gang, which includes familiar friends alongside some brand new characters, will battle with the boring conventions of the adult world and Dennis' life-long adversary Walter, who is forever trying to ruin his fun.

Speaking about what's in store for kids, CBBC Channel Controller Cheryl Taylor said: "Dennis and Gnasher have been unleashing their own particular brand of mischief on CBBC for many years and their ardent fans will be delighted by this wonderful new series from two of the UK's most notorious rascals."

Working with BAFTA and Emmy award winning animators Jellyfish Pictures, the series is directed by Boris Hiestand whose previous credits include the 'Harry Potter' films, 'Asterix and the Vikings', 'The Angry Birds Movie' and 'Pirates'.

The weekly Beano comic - which features an array of other hilarious characters such as Roger the Dodger, Minnie the Minx and Bananaman - is on sale every week with a new design and the yearly Beano Annual still remains the UK's best-selling annual book.

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