It’s that time of year when we’re inundated with Christmas adverts, all guaranteed to tug on the heart strings and get you all the emotional juices flowing.
Heartbreakingly, just this week it was revealed that the much-loved trampoline boxer dog who featured in the 2016 John Lewis advert has died aged 12.
Biff the dog sadly passed away this month and will be fondly remembered for his starring role in the John Lewis advert in 2016[/caption]
The advert showed the special relationship between a little girl called Bridget and her beloved dog[/caption]
Biff’s heartbroken owner Jan Patten posted a tribute to his beloved pet on social media, writing: “Fly high our special beautiful boy, we will miss you forever.”
Here we take a look at where some of the stars of other iconic Christmas adverts are now…
The Yellow Pages Kid (1992)
Anyone of a certain age will remember the Yellow Pages ad, which featured a young boy using a copy of the yearbook to make himself taller so he could kiss a girl holding mistletoe.
Dean Cook, now in his 30s, went on to run his own upholstery business and when he last spoke to The Sun in 2017 he was living in Essex with his fiancee Kelly, a sign language interpreter.
Dean then started his own upholstery business[/caption]
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Even then, Dean confessed that he was still recognized regularly, saying, “All my friends laugh about it and one of them usually ends an old Yellow Pages book for Christmas every year as a running joke.
“At 5ft 6in I’m quite short so if I can’t reach something people will ask me if I need a phone book to stand up – but it’s all said in a fun way.”
The Long Wait (2011)
The star then starred in a major Hollywood film[/caption]
The Long Wait advert in 2011 told the story of a little boy – played by Lewis McGowan – looking forward to Christmas so he could give his parents the present he bought them.
The ad was particularly memorable for the music – a cover of The Smiths’ Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.
Since then, the young lad has had roles in several television shows, including Doctor Who, The Alienist and Houdini and Doyle.
His biggest role was appearing alongside Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017.
Lewis, from Hamilton, near Glasgow, was chosen from 250 children to star in the commercial and was just seven at the time.
Kellogg’s Children (1991)
The Kellogg’s commercial featuring twins Holly and Alex Stapley first aired in 1991 and featured three children who unusually chose to leave a bowl of cereal for Santa.
The trio then fell asleep waiting for him to arrive – but the little blonde girl woke up to the sound of her bells and caught up with him.
To buy her silence, Santa Claus offered her his cornflakes, which the little girl took with a cheeky smile.
The two sisters who played the angelic child went on to star in a few TV shows, including a series called Twice In A Lifetime, and also landed the role of Angelica in the 1992 film Baby on Board.
In 2004 Alex also played Taylor Wedell in the hit girl movie Mean Girls.
Both girls have since left the industry, Holly becoming a nurse while Alexandra pursued a career in marketing.
The Man on the Moon (2015)
Who could forget the adorable plot of the 2015 John Lewis ad, which centered on a little girl – played by Orla Star Knill-Goldstein – who spots a lonely elderly man living on the moon.
The campaign was designed to raise awareness of isolation and loneliness at Christmas, and propelled the then six-year-old to stardom.
She also starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and later starred in the TV miniseries Vanity Fair in 2018.
Monty the Penguin (2014)
The story of John Lewis’s Monty the Penguin captured the hearts of the nation in 2014.
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The announcement follows a close friendship between Monty and a young boy, who decides to find a female penguin for his boyfriend at Christmas.
Schoolboy Rhys Edwards played the lead role of Sam, and the young actor, from Hertfordshire, then made an appearance in a Call The Midwife Christmas special.