Ten thousand fantasy fans travelled to London's O2 Arena for the premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, billed as the UK's biggest ever.

The sequel was shown on a screen measuring 91ft by 38ft, the largest ever built in Europe, while the pedestrian entrance to the Greenwich arena was given a fantasy makeover as Telmarine soldiers fought on the green carpet while horseback riders performed for the crowds.

And alongside young fans dressed as lions, witches and other characters from the world created by CS Lewis were the film's stars, including Liam Neeson, Anna Popplewell, William Mosley and Ben Barnes, who plays the title actor.

The 26-year-old, who also featured in Stardust, said he was "babbling like an idiot" due to the excitement and scale of the premiere.

"This is the pinnacle, it's the climax," he explained. "Despite all the people behind me I can guarantee I'm the most excited person here."

He added: "I still find it difficult to watch myself because it's difficult to suspend your disbelief enough to see a prince and not yourself but hopefully everyone else will see Prince Caspian and I think it's a really exciting, engaging film."

Andrew Adamson, the director of the first two films in the Narnia franchise, remarked: "People say not to work with children but I highly recommend it.

"They energise you, on those days on set when you're tired, they are not. They give you the energy back."

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is released on June 26th.

20/06/2008 09:02:33