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Now semi-retired, the scene-stealing terrier from The Artist is still very much in demand

On a queen-size mattress at the Arch hotel in central London, Uggie is curled up in front of the flatscreen TV. This Jack Russell terrier might be the most famous animal alive, having starred in January smash The Artist, stealing scenes in the silent film and winning acclaim for his role as Jean Dujardin's expressive pet. Uggie put in one of the great performances of 2012, and if he wants to watch Loose Women in bed, he may.

He is close to the end of a draining promotional tour, New York to Paris to Chicago and now here, publicising a book (Uggie: My Story) as well as a smartphone app. This on the back of supporting The Artist through its cinema release, during which time Uggie scampered up and down red carpets, and panted on chatshow sofas. »

- Tom Lamont

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