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Asda colleagues taste stardom in our new Downton TV advert

September 20, 2019 10:14 AM

If you shop at our Toryglen or Maidstone Living stores you might spot a familiar face in our new Downton Abbey TV ad – our colleagues David Dalziel and Lorraine Martin.

The advert is part of a unique marketing campaign we worked on with Downton Abbey to coincide with the launch of the new film.

David and Lorraine were chosen from more than 150 colleagues who applied to appear in the advert.

Mum-of-two Lorraine, who's 43 and George manager at our Maidstone Living store, says she's still on cloud nine since filming the advert. She said: "I felt like a star – everyone made us feel so special.

"It was just so amazing. I just couldn't believe it when I got the phone call to say I had been picked.

"We went to see the Downton bit of the advert being filmed which was great. It was really interesting seeing how an advert is made. We were so in awe of it all."

Lorraine, who's worked for Asda for 19 years, says the filming of their part of the advert was long, but well worth it. She said: "We had to do a lot of takes and if you picked something up you had to put it down exactly where it was."

She says her children Macy, 10, and Lola, seven, have loved their mum's new-found fame.

Lorraine said: "Children at school keep going up to them and saying 'I've seen your mum on the telly'. Even my husband Kevin, who's store manager at Asda Ramsgate, has had people coming up to him saying they have seen me!

"I wasn't really a Downton fan ... but I am now! We got to see the new Downton film at the Universal offices in London a week before it was released which was brilliant."

David, who's 36, is replenishment manager at our Toryglen store in Glasgow. He's worked at Asda for 18 years and says that featuring in the advert was an "incredible experience and one I'll never forget".

He said: "I was totally shocked when I was chosen. I applied as I thought it would be good experience, seeing how an advert is put together. I wasn't really a huge Downton fan – though my mum is!

"We went down to London and first we got to see the 'old' part of the advert being filmed, and then we did our bit. We were filming for about nine hours! We had to do make-up, wardrobe, hair – the whole shebang!"

Although David doesn't have a speaking part – he says "no one would understand my Glasgow accent" – he's extremely proud of his first acting role.

He said: "People at work and customers keep coming up to me and saying they have just seen me on the telly. It's all very strange – but very nice."