Romford brother and sister star in M&S' Paddington Bear Christmas advert
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 November 2017
Over the past few years, some of the biggest brands around have been going head to head to win the title of best Christmas advert, doing all they can to squeeze a few tears out of us all.
From a dog on a trampoline and a wartime truce being made over chocolate, to an adorable penguin and of course the classic Coca Cola advert, these festive moments have brought something different to Christmas each year.
But kicking off the festivities early, M&S has released its advert featuring the lovable Paddington Bear as well as Romford brother and sister, 13-year-old Mikey and eight-year-old Olivia Dixon.
The advert sees the accident-prone bear mistaking a bearded burglar for Santa Claus and ending up helping the criminal to return the presents that he stole and giving him a marmalade sandwich as a final gesture.
Near the end of the advert, Paddington and the burglar look through a window to see Super Alice – played by Olivia – and her brother Mikey opening their presents.
The children’s mum Sue said: “The advert was released online in the morning, so we all got up early and got it up on the laptop and phones and gathered around the bed to watch it.
“It was really exciting to see them and all of our friends and family couldn’t believe it!”
The pair go to The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, which got them the audition for a Christmas commercial but they didn’t find out it was for M&S until later on.
Having impressed the brand, Mikey and Olivia were delighted to be chosen and started filming in July, ready for the advert’s release earlier this month.
And it’s not the only exciting news for Olivia, as she also appears in Harry Styles’ latest music video, Kiwi.
Sue said: “[Harry] was very nice and down to earth, he made time to speak to her and other people featuring in his video which was nice.
“They loved the whole process of putting the advert together and it’s a great memory for us all to have of this Christmas.”