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Patrick Stewart joins Olympic torch run in London

Patrick Stewart speaks onstage at the 2012 Olivier Awards on April 15, 2012, in London. Getty

(CBS/AP) Updated 2:50 p.m. EDT

LONDON - The Olympic flame has boldly gone to Wimbledon, ahead of the start of the London Games later this week.

Actor Patrick Stewart, best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," took a turn in the torch relay on Monday.

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Before he did, tennis stars Andy Murray and Venus Williams posed with the flame on Center Court at Wimbledon in southwest London.

Murray said his preparations for the Olympic games have left him little time to dwell on his Wimbledon defeat to Roger Federer just over two weeks ago.

"You don't look back, you try and look forward," he said. "I'm sure the atmosphere is going to be great and I'll need all the support I can get."

The flame was also scheduled to pass through the set of the long-running British soap opera "EastEnders."

The torch relay is on its final leg, touring the neighborhoods of host city London before being taken to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday. Soccer star David Beckham was among those who brought the flame rom Greece to England back in May.

The 70-day journey has seen it go to the Channel Islands, the farthest corners of Scotland, and national landmarks such as Stonehenge and Mount Snowdon. On Sunday, the torch made a spectacular visit, traveling on the London Eye over the British capital.

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