Ray Winstone has joined the cast of the rebooted Wombles


Ray Winstone will be lending his voice to a new animated series of The Wombles.

The 59-year-old will be joining original cast member Bernard Cribbins in the big-budget remake of the classic children's show about a family of litter-picking creatures who live on Wimbledon Common.

Ray Winstone (Ian West/PA)

"Bernard Cribbins is doing Great Uncle Bulgaria, and Ray Winstone is doing Tobermory," series creator Mike Batt said at the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield, the Guardian reports.

Unsurprisingly given Ray's "hardman" reputation, Mike said: "People keep asking if it's going to have that lovely parochial, cuddly quality that the Wombles are famous for."

Bernard Cribbins (Nick Ansell/PA)

"We have to bring it into the modern century, but do we have to speed it up, do we have to cut every second? Yes, we have to make it palatable to the modern audience, but we can do it in other ways."

Tobermory is an engineer and inventor, known for being gruff but with a good heart, so perhaps Ray is not an unexpected a casting choice as first thought.

Wombles Alderney, Great Uncle Bulgaria and Orinoco (Adam Butler/PA)

Mike said that the show was going "twice over the expected budget" as they seek to make the show look like a Pixar film.

The reboot was meant to air on Channel 5 last year, but has not yet found a new home.