Stourbridge girl flying high in new Sainsbury's advert

Stourbridge girl flying high in new Sainsbury's advert

Elizabeth Ashby and co-star Daniel Pape in the new Sainsbury's advert

Elizabeth Ashby and co-star Daniel Pape

Elizabeth Ashby (front left) as runner up in the 2011 Stourbridge Carnival Princess Competition...next to best-selling author Miranda Dickinson who judged the event.

First published in News

AN eight-year-old Stourbridge girl is flying high after being picked to front a new prime time TV advert for Sainsbury’s.

Elizabeth Ashby stars in the supermarket giant’s new advert focusing on a father and daughter enjoying a day of kite building and flying set to the song Let’s Go Gly A Kite from Mary Poppins.

The Gig Mill Primary School pupil was picked from thousands of aspiring young stars for the role after impressing casting agents in her first ever audition for TV work.

The advert, which also features former Hollyoaks star Daniel Pape, was filmed in London and Coley Hill, Surrey, and is the latest promoting the supermarket chain’s Live Well For Less campaign.

Elizabeth, from Norton, described the experience as “hard work” but said “flying the kite was fun” and she enjoyed seeing herself on TV.

She added: “The hardest part was eating a lettuce and tomato sandwich - I don't like lettuce or tomato.”

The youngster’s proud mum Helen Ashby said Elizabeth was called to try out for the role after signing up with EuroKids modelling and casting agency in Warrington which she was inspired to do after being named runner up in Stourbridge Carnival Princess competition in 2011.

Mum Helen said: “I’m really pleased for her. She’s got a lovely personality so the crew really enjoyed working with her.

“It’s been absolutely unbelievable - two years ago she wouldn’t even go on stage.”

Elizabeth, who attends Esther Stanford’s drama workshops at Chawn Hill Church, Pedmore, will be seen on screen throughout the autumn in the advert, which aims to showcase how parents and children can create memorable moments together without having to worry about costly activities.

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