Pudsey relies on family for support

It’s been revealed that Pudsey the dog gets a bit of help from his puppies as doubles when doing TV work.

The dancing mutt – who won Britain’s Got Talent with owner Ashleigh Butler last year – had two of his litter to stand in for him when filming Christmas comedy Mr Stink.

Pups Crumpet and Dillon were used for several scenes to give their dad a break and even had make-up applied to their coats to make them look more like Pudsey.

Yes, there is a spare Pudsey because if you do a film it’s expensive, and if Pudsey gets ill or goes above and beyond the number of hours, you need to have a spare Pudsey so he isn’t abused,’ explains his agent Jonathan Shalit.

There aren’t any rules – but it’s about caring and not abusing animals.’

A BBC spokesman confirms: ‘Pudsey was the consummate professional.

But never too proud to ask family members for a helping paw.’

Pudsey recently launched his first cinematic outing Pudsey: The Movie at the Cannes Film Festival and more lookalike dogs will be needed when filming gets underway.

We’ve got a Hollywood film coming up and it starts filming in September,’ Jonathan tells The Sun.

We’ll need several doubles then. Lassie had five doubles. It’s not unusual.

In fact we’re looking for more dogs that look just like Pudsey because his own family don’t quite look the same.’

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Anna Francis