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Mary Poppins actor Dick Van Dyke apologises for “most atrocious cockney accent in movie history”

Dick Van Dyke has apologised for acting out “the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema” for his role as Bert in Mary Poppins.

Say no more, guv’nor.

The 91-year-old Hollywood legend has been selected by BAFTA to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said of his infamous twang in the 1964 Disney classic.

BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards said: “We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night.

“We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

The actor recently confirmed that he WILL be appearing in the much-anticipated Mary Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt.

“This one supposedly takes place 20 years later, and the kids are all grown up,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s a great cast — Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy [Lin-Manuel Miranda] from Hamilton.”

He later elaborated to ET: “I’ll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number.

“I gotta be a part of it.”

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Van Dyke added that Disney approached him to play the son of the banker that he played in the original film.

Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Colin Firth will also be joining the cast for Mary Poppins Returns, which will be released in the UK on December 21, 2018.

Van Dyke will be presented with his award at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards by BAFTA Los Angeles, which recognises those whose special talents and appeal have elevated television.

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