Glas­gow school­girl, stars in John Lewis’ new Christ­mas ad

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STACEY MULLEN

AGLASGOW school­girl is the star of John Lewis’ highly an­tic­i­pated Christ­mas ad­vert. Ruby Dailly takes cen­tre stage as Ava in the ad­vert which fea­tures an ex­u­ber­ant young dragon called Edgar who al­most de­rails fes­tiv­i­ties in his fire­breath­ing ex­cite­ment.

She was dis­cov­ered af­ter John Lewis con­ducted cast­ings in Lon­don, Manch­ester and Scot­land.

Ruby said: “He’s a friendly dragon ‘cause he’s pals with me! “She keeps on be­ing friends with the dragon, even though he sets ev­ery­thing on fire.

“He can’t help set­ting things on fire when he’s ex­cited. He doesn’t mean to so he gets sad when­ever I’m mad at him.

“It’s been nice to work with ev­ery­one be­hind the scenes. It was fun!”

Ruby’s proud dad Gra­ham Dailly took to Face­book to ex­press his de­light over his daugh­ter star­ring the fa­mous role.

He said: “My wee Rub­star, star of the show. So proud and happy for her.”

The ad­vert is John Lewis’ first joint Christ­mas cam­paign with Waitrose and is a re­turn to fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory for John Lewis, which ended a decade of heart­warm­ing tear­jerk­ers fea­tur­ing love­able an­i­mals and charm­ing chil­dren last year with a star turn from Sir El­ton John.

Ex­citable Edgar is set to a record­ing of REO Speed­wagon’s Can’t Fight This Feel­ing by Dan Smith from the band Bastille, and was filmed over two weeks in Bu­dapest with an ex­tras cast of around 100 peo­ple.

It fol­lows Edgar as his ex­cite­ment about fes­tiv­i­ties in his vil­lage sees him ac­ci­den­tally melt­ing the ice-rink, re­duc­ing a snow­man to a pud­dle and set­ting fire to a Christ­mas tree as his anx­ious friend Ava looks on.

Edgar fi­nally shuts him­self away in de­spair, but Ava en­cour­ages him to re­join the vil­lage with the gift of a Christ­mas pud­ding, which al­lows him to put his fire to per­fect use.

The ad’s cre­ators said they were strug­gling to come up with the “per­fect end­ing” un­til the idea of in­volv­ing Waitrose led to the Christ­mas pud­ding fi­nale.

Ruby was picked for the star­ring role

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