One of Britain's most respected character actors, Gary has become well-known for his villainous presence on the big screen. The 46-year-old is currently trying do away with Harry Potter in The Prisoner Of Azkaban
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25 JUNE 2004

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British actor Gary Oldman is set to carry on from his success as Harry Potter bad guy Sirius Black by taking on his most villainous role to date. The London-born star will be appearing in the new Star Wars film in the spine-chilling part of General Grievous.

The fearsome character is described as the deadliest evildoer the series has ever seen. And Gary's fellow-Brit Ewan McGregor, who plays Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, will have his work cut out when he comes face-to-face with the wicked warrior.

"He's part alien and part robot," revealed producer Rick McCallum. "Grievous is a master strategist and the greatest hand-to-hand Jedi killer the galaxy has ever known."

Studio insiders say Gary was hand-picked for the role by Star Wars creator George Lucas. The choice may come as small surprise to fans of the actor, because he is well-known for playing rogues and rascals. Before his devilish appearance in Harry Potter, he has also played baddies in The Fifth Element, Lost In Space and Air Force One.

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