Top TV job for Doncaster girl aged 10
To some, she is Evie-Rose Robinson, 10-year-old pupil at Bentley High Street Primary School.
But to the rest of the country, she is now the face of a supermarket chain’s latest Christmas ad, making her a familiar sight in living rooms up and down the country.
The talented youngster landed the high profile acting job for Asda ahead of hundreds of other children – even though the Yorkshire lass didn’t have the geordie or scouse accent that the directors were originally looking for.
Evie-Rose has been acting for four years with the Lets Act drama school in her home village of Bentley, having previously learned dancing since the age of two, and was put on the books of an agent through contacts with the drama group.
She was given a few auditions for roles in April, and was called back for a second session when the director saw her. After the first recall in Manchester, she was then sent on to a second, held in London, which featured just a handful of youngsters – four girls and four boys.
She was selected, and spent four days in Manchester and a day in London filming the advert in September and October.
Mum Donna, who works for the Doncaster Free Press, said Evie-Rose had taken it all in her stride.
“She wasn’t bothered about the camers,” she said.
Donna had earlier in the process been told the directors were looking for youngsters with Newcastle or Liverpool accents. But she said: “Donna has a really strong Yorkshire accent and can’t do geordie to scouse, so we were a bit surprised she got the role after that.
“It was constant filming, but they treated her really well. It was a bit surreal that she was on a film set, and she felt that too, but she took it in her stride.
“We saw the final product the Friday before they put it on the television, when they emailed us an MP4 file for the computer. The family got together to watch it.”
Evie-Rose watched it with mum Donna, dad Glen, brother Lucas, aged six, and sister Isla, aged three.
“We thought it was amazing,” said Donna. “It made us cry, and Evie-Rose was really excited about seeing it on TV. She was jumping up and down. It was just a proud moment.
“Her school really went to town on it too. They talked about her in an assembly, and showed it for everyone. It was great that the school supported her, because they allowed her to take time away to do it, and she couldn’t have done the ad without that support.”
Although she has no more television jobs lined up, Evie Rose wants to act for a living when she grows up. She has a role in her school’s Chistmas play next month.
She has also had big roles in a number of Let’s Act’s productions.
She had played Mowgli in Jungle Book, the Genie in Aladdin, and Molly in Annie.