7-year-old Lewis McGowan, from Hamilton, near Glasgow, is the star of this year’s John Lewis 90-second Christmas commercial that has gone viral.
In the commercial, Lewis is impatiently waiting for Christmas morning to arrive but when it finally does the little boy doesn’t rush to open his presents. Instead he dashes to fetch the gift he’s got for his parents.
Lewis was chosen from 250 other children and hopes to build on his success, signing with acting agencies. He filmed the advert, dubbed ‘one of the greatest ever,’ over five days in London.
The £6million production, which went online on Friday and appeared on television during the X Factor, has already received more than 600,000 hits on YouTube.
Lewis’s father Stuart, 37, said: ‘He is just like the boy in the advert – so kind and always thinking of others.’
And his mother Julie, 36, said that last year her son asked Father Christmas for a tea-cup for her and this year wants to give his brother Connor, 11, an iPod.
The advert uses a new version of The Smiths’ classic “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”sung by Slow Moving Millie.
The ad ends with the strap line ‘For gifts you can’t wait to give’.
This is truly a lovely ad that promotes the true meaning of Christmas : it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Enjoy the commercial below.