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Fickle character, clumsy actor and English stars in vacuous cartoon (9)


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'fickle character' is the definition.
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'english stars in vacuous cartoon' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'hame' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'stars' becomes 'leo' (constellation).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'vacuous' suggests removing the centre.
'cartoon' with its middle removed is 'cn'.
'hameleo' put into 'cn' is 'CHAMELEON'.

'clumsy actor and' is the link.
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(Other definitions for chameleon that I've seen before include "Ha! Clone me (anag)" , "fickle person" , "Variable-colour reptile" , "colour changer" , "One far from constant" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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