Baby boom sweeps Hobbit cast

TOM HUNT
Last updated 05:00 24/08/2011
EVANGELINE LILLY: Lost star and elf Tauriel in The Hobbit was spotted with partner and baby.
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EVANGELINE LILLY: Lost star and elf Tauriel in The Hobbit was spotted with partner and baby.

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Evangeline Lilly, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry ... the list goes on – all Wellywood needs now to be recognised as the Hollywood of the south is warmer weather.

Big name stars are descending on Wellington's eastern suburbs as the next round of Hobbit filming gets under way.

Kerr, a Victoria's Secret model, was spotted at the weekend in Seatoun walking with her husband – Hobbit star Bloom – and their eight-month-old baby Flynn.

Since arriving in the country, she has been sending Twitter messages praising New Zealand baby-gear manufacturer Nature Baby.

"Nature Baby is the BEST!!! Its our favorite for Flynn. Thank you so much xxx," one said, followed by: "He looks so adorable. Its so hard to find cute baby clothes but you guys do it best! Love Miranda xxx."

A Nature Baby spokeswoman confirmed the company had been asked to kit out Flynn's Wellington nursery and wardrobe after having sent some products to Kerr via her Kiwi naturopath.

Nature Baby owner Georgia Smith said website traffic had been "huge" since the mention and sales were up.

Bloom, a Hollywood star, has been spotted around Wellington since early August.

He is reportedly set to earn $1 million for his return as his Lord of the Rings character Legolas.

Lilly, a star of the popular television series Lost, is the latest celebrity to be spotted in the capital. Britain's Daily Mail carried a photo of Lilly with boyfriend Norman Kali walking around the Seatoun coast pushing their three-month-old son in a pram.

The 31-year-old actress, who played Kate Austen in Lost, plays elf Tauriel in The Hobbit.

British acting veteran Fry, who is enjoying massive popularity on Twitter and as a host of television panel show QI, has been spotted around Wellington since early August.

Fry is here to film his part as Master of Laketown in The Hobbit.

Other big names in The Hobbit are Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy playing Radagast the Brown, Barry Humphries of Dame Edna Everage fame playing the Goblin King, Irish actor James Nesbitt of Cold Feet fame playing Bofur, and British star Martin Freeman playing Bilbo, the central character of the story.

Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, and Ian McKellen are returning in The Hobbit to reprise Lord of the Rings roles.

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