Max aids Padding­ton’s fes­tive quest

The Wokingham Paper - - EDUCATION - By PHIL CREIGHTON

A BUD­DING young ac­tor from Wok­ing­ham has a se­cured a ma­jor role that will be seen by mil­lions over the com­ing weeks … he’s ap­pear­ing along­side Padding­ton Bear in the Marks & Spencer Christ­mas ad­vert.

Max Reynolds beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to win the cov­eted role in the fes­tive film which launched on Tues­day.

The ad­vert is set on Christ­mas Eve at Wind­sor Gar­dens and Padding­ton is fast asleep. How­ever, his dreams of mar­malade are in­ter­rupted by a loud thud on the roof. Upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he stum­bles upon a bur­glar and de­spite the bur­glar’s protests that he is “not Santa” the de­ter­mined and good-na­tured bear be­gins to ‘help’ him de­liver the presents back to where they be­long.

See­ing the good in ev­ery­one, Padding­ton in­no­cently helps the bur­glar see the er­ror of his ways and as they place presents into per­son­alised stock­ings and pause for mince pies, he un­know­ingly averts a cri­sis and en­sures a truly spe­cial mo­ment for his neigh­bour, and a happy Christ­mas for all.

Max’s char­ac­ter is a lit­tle boy who films the bear and the thief re­turn­ing all the pack­ages to their right­ful own­ers.

And it’s not the first brush with fame that the 12-year-old from Wok­ing­ham has achieved. The young­ster has been part of Artemis per­form­ing arts school for two years and se­cured roles in Brid­get Jones Baby and Down­ton Abbey.

Au­to­graph hunters will be pleased to learn that Max will be ap­pear­ing in Beauty and the Beast at South Hill Park this Christ­mas, be­fore he starts re­hearsals for Ghost Sta­tion and Sweeney Todd with Artemis in the New Year

Max said of his day film­ing with Padding­ton: “In July I was in­vited to au­di­tion for an M&S Christ­mas ad­vert, I went up to Lon­don and au­di­tioned then, in the next cou­ple of weeks, I heard that I got the part!

“I was sur­rounded by movie magic, cam­eras and lots of tech­ni­cians, I went on set and the di­rec­tor ex­plained what I had to do, he and the rest of the crew were very wel­com­ing…

“While I was at the stu­dio I saw some fa­mous faces (I don’t want to give any­thing away!) I also saw the green screens, which cre­ate a back­ground on the set, they were mas­sive, as big as my house!”

And Max’s fes­tive mo­ment is to im­mor­talised in a book that goes on sale on Fri­day in Marks & Spencer stores and on­line for £3.

All prof­its will be do­nated to the NSPCC to help fund its vi­tal Child­line ser­vice over the Christ­mas sea­son.

Rob We­ston, Brand & Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor at M&S said: “Padding­ton in­jects the sense of joy, love and neigh­bourly spirit that makes Christ­mas feel mag­i­cal and our story re­flects the in­clu­sive, make the most of ev­ery mo­ment ap­proach that we take to our cus­tomer con­ver­sa­tions.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.