VIDEO: Gainsborough Academy student, Isabel, stars in this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert

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It’s the Christmas advert everyone eagerly awaits and this year John Lewis has brought to our screens the friendship between Monty the Penguin and Sam - and a Gainsborough Academy student had the pleasure of starring alongside them in the advert.

Isabel Foster, 13, was chosen to star in the Christmas advert after beating 5,000 other girls for the part at an audition.

Isabel Foster

Isabel Foster

Isabel is an aspiring actress and acting is something she wants to pursue after she has finished her education.

Isabel said: “I’ve done a few acting jobs before.”

“I have an agent called Sue Francis from Creative Talents and she’s been brilliant.”

“She gets me my jobs and she got me an audition for the John Lewis advert.”

“I went to London for the audition and got a recall and it all went from there.”

“I was chosen from 5,000 girls.”

“It was a really amazing experience.”

“The crew were lovely. Everyone involved was really nice.”

“I really enjoyed it.”

“It was a fantastic experience.”

“I want to do a lot of acting when I’m older.”

“When I go to college I want to do some acting training.”

“The school were great. For the auditions I had to have a little but of time of off but the advert itself was filmed in the summer.”

“Quite a few students have seen me in the advert.”

“I think it’s a lovely advert.”

“The penguin is so cute and so adorable.”

“It’s a real masterpiece.”

Craig Inglis, Marketing Director at John Lewis, said: “At John Lewis, this time of year is all about helping our customers create their dream Christmas.”

“We hope this uplifting tale of Sam’s love for his friend Monty will remind people of the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes and inspire them to think how they can make the festive season extra special for their friends and loved ones.”