Paddington Bear was first born in 1956 when Michael Bond, a television cameraman with the BBC, spotted a lonely bear on the shelf of a shop near to Paddington railway station, London. He purchased the bear as a gift for his wife and was inspired to write a story about the bear.
The first Paddington Bear book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. It told the story of the very serious bear who was found by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase in Paddington station. He had travelled from darkest Peru, sent by his Great Aunt Lucy. As his Peruvian name was very hard for people to say, the Brown family decided to call him Paddington and he was invited home to stay with them.
Paddington Bear's adventures in marmalade and sticky situations have enchanted children and adults for over 50 years, the most recent book having been published in 2008. Although Paddington always tries very hard to get things right, they usually go wrong...but he can sort out people who deal unsympathetically with this accident-prone bear with one of his 'special stares'!
The very first Paddington soft toy was made in the seventies by Shirley Clarkson for her children, Joanna and Jeremy Clarkson (from Top Gear) and she then started selling them through her own company, called Gabrielle Designs.
The first Paddington Movie was released in November 2014 and it was a huge box office sensation around the world and was the fastest selling DVD of 2015 in the UK. The sequel to this was released in November 2017.