Eccleshall siblings to star in TV commercial

Jessica Cresswell
Jessica Cresswell

A brother and sister from Eccleshall are set to appear on TV screens across the country in a new advert for the leisure store GO Outdoors.

Jessica (9) and Callum (8) Cresswell, who train at Stone performing arts academy Rooftop Studios, were cast in the ad following auditions in Manchester in early March – and filming took place just a week later in Wales. The pair were put forward for the roles by London-based BAM Actors’ Agency which has a close relationship with students of Rooftop Studios’ Saturday Stage Academy classes. Jessica and Callum’s mum, Ginny Cresswell, says:

Callum Cresswell
Callum Cresswell

“We’re all so excited about the advert – it’s brilliant that Callum and Jessica have had the chance to work together. Jessica has been with BAM Actors’ Agency for over 3 years now, and has had some really good opportunities to work on everything from adverts to extras roles in films – she even got invited to audition for the role of Sophie in the new BFG film last year, but we were away on a family holiday when the call came.

“Callum got interested in joining when he realised that not only was his sister having lots of fun, but that he could also earn money to expand his Lego collection – so he signed up, too! This is the second time they have been successfully auditioned to work together as siblings – there was another commercial last year, but filming was cancelled at the last minute. The GO Outdoors experience has been fantastic throughout – the auditions were relaxed and friendly, really allowing the kids to show the family dynamic as well as their singing skills. They were up against a lot of other youngsters, and we are so proud of their achievement having been chosen for the roles. We’re now looking forward to seeing the final cut of the ad on TV and to the next opportunity that comes around.”

Laura Keeling, Studio Director at Rooftop Studios says:

“We’re all hugely proud of Jessica and Callum – this was a great opportunity and they performed brilliantly. We love giving our students the chance to gain professional performing experience – whether they’re building a CV with a view to a career on the stage, or simply want to have fun. BAM Actors’ Agency are great partners, we’ve been working with them for a number of years to offer our Stage Academy students the chance to join a professional, London-based agency and there have been some brilliant results. The team at the agency are great at working with kids and matching them to suitable roles for audition, and we can’t wait for the next agency recruitment session later this month.”

Rooftop Studio’s Stage Academy students will have the chance to sign up BAM Actors’ Agency during auditions on Wednesday, 20th April at the studio. Anyone interested in their children being signed up to the agency will need to enrol in the studio’s Saturday Stage Academy, which offers classes for children aged 3 – 18 years.

For more information about joining call 01785 761233 or visit www.rooftopstudios.co.uk