To help and hinder him, he has Reepicheep the valiant but pompous mouse (now voiced by Simon Pegg) and, from our own world, the two younger Pevensie children from earlier in the series, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley, who has lost none of the acting ability she showed in the first Narnian film), plus their cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter, whom you may remember as the talented young comedian from Son of Rambow). He’s one of children’s literature’s most obnoxious anti-heroes. The main subtext of the story – and the great joy of the film – lies in his redemption. The first Narnian film made 5million, but Prince Caspian grossed ‘only’ 0million, which led Disney to bow out of the series.
Twentieth Century Fox has taken over, and I suspect Disney will regret that they didn’t stick with the project.
He is a fan of English football club Arsenal, along with his Narnia co-star, Anna Popplewell. He studies Tae Kwon Do, plays the cornet, flute, cello and the guitar, and owns two cats.
He auditioned for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which he got the role, and later he auditioned (unsuccessfully) for the role of Simon Brown in Nanny Mc Phee.
Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian, said he was disappointed to have missed the chance to meet the Queen because of his commitments he made to perform the stage version of Sebastian Faulks's novel Birdsong directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.
He called me over one day and had a mouse in his hand and I just burst into tears."She can be forgiven her timidity - Anna is, after all, only 16.
But despite her young age, she stars in a film tipped to be one of the biggest box office hits of the year: the £110 million film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, released on December 9.
We can look forward with every confidence to the next in the series, The Silver Chair, which has the potential to be the most cinematic of the series and contains one of my favourite fictional characters, the perennially depressed Puddlegum the Marsh-wiggle.
She has been in one celebrity relationship averaging approximately 2.0 years.