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Blair stars as himself in The Simpsons

London, April 12 (Reuters): Prime Minister Tony Blair put aside his concerns about Iraq for a few minutes to star as an animated version of himself in an episode of cult TV cartoon The Simpsons, a Downing Street spokesman said today.

Blair, a longtime fan of the show, spent a short time yesterday recording a few lines of dialogue for a special edition of the hit series in which the dysfunctional yellow cartoon family come to Britain for a holiday.

“The Prime Minister takes every opportunity he can to promote Britain and the script enables him to bang the drum for the tourist industry to a worldwide audience,” the spokesman said, adding that the long-planned episode had nothing to do with the war on Iraq.

The series is known for the steady parade of guest celebrities who queue up to be lampooned by lending their voices and animated caricatures in guest appearances.

Blair’s cartoon alter-ego is depicted with a big cheesy grin and sticky-out ears. J.K. Rowling and actor Sir Ian McKellen also feature in the episode.

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