Darcy’s acting debut is a real Christmas cracker

POSTER GIRL Darcy Stead, three appears in Aldi's Christmas advert. (D534E346)
POSTER GIRL Darcy Stead, three appears in Aldi's Christmas advert. (D534E346)

Christmas has come early for a Hunsworth toddler who was chosen to star in a supermarket’s festive ad.

Darcy Stead, three, was chosen from hundreds of children to take part in Aldi’s Christmas advertisement, despite having no acting experience.

Little Darcy can be seen wearing a red paper hat which falls down over her face, and saying ‘I don’t like these!”

Darcy, her mum Claire Andrews, her sister Madison, eight, and her two-month-old brother Jenson all received callbacks – but Darcy was the only one who ended up on television.

Claire said: “I do TV extra work and I got an email which said a leading supermarket was holding an open casting for normal families, so I took my family!

“It was an all day casting with 600 people, and around 300 were children. Jenson was only three weeks old!”

Darcy and Madison were called back for a second casting, and then two weeks later found out they had been selected to star in the advert.

Claire said: “We went over to a £2.5m house in Cheshire to film the advert. It was a real house they had hired for a couple of days. It had a lift and a swimming pool!

“Darcy had to sit at a table. They gave her directions and she followed what they said really well. She was supposed to say ‘I don’t like these’, but it took them about 30 times because she kept saying ‘I don’t like peas’! In the advert she looks fed up – I think she was wondering what she was doing!”

Claire said she received a call to say Darcy had made the final cut.

And now she has her very own agent and is on the look out for more acting work to add to her portfolio.

Claire said: “I am really proud of her. She seems to have a knack for it and she can take direction really well.

“The other children were all from agencies, but she was the only one who was picked, so I’m a bit overwhelmed.

“She likes seeing herself on TV – she jumps up and down and says, ‘It’s me, it’s me!’”