Cirencester actor Ben Miller who starred in Paddington on being a ‘flawed dad’

JOHNNY ENGLISH actor Ben Miller has spoken about the challenges of parenting ahead of the launch of his new children’s book. 

Ben, 56, who lives near Cirencester has appeared in everything from Death in Paradise to Paddington 2. 

“Parenting is really hard,” he said. 

“I’m a flawed dad. My parenting is like anybody else’s. 

“I find it difficult to really be present with my kids and spend proper time with them and play with them. That’s an effort I have to make.

In between acting jobs, he’s been writing children’s books and has just written his sixth – The Night We Got Stuck In A Story. 

The book features his own children, Lana, seven, and Harrison, 10, as the two main characters, who find a hollow tree which becomes the magical conduit for a fantasy world which they explore. 

There are all sorts of threads – spiders, a unicorn, wildlife, and the threat that the tree will be cut down for development.

The Night We Got Stuck In A Story by Ben Miller is published by Simon & Schuster on September 15, priced £12.99.

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