Shotton man's ad role ticks all the right boxes

Published date: 02 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PERFORMING arts student is celebrating after scoring a role in a sportswear advert to star alongside some of the world’s top footballers, including Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ibrahimovic and Neymar.

Macaulay Cooper, 19, from Connah’s Quay, landed the role through his agent who spotted his talent when he took the lead role in a West Cheshire College performance of Equus.

After a rigorous audition process, Macaulay was selected to have a speaking role in the Nike advert which was first aired during the Champions League semi-final.

Macaulay, who is studying a HNC in performing arts, said: “I love football and acting so to land this role is incredible for me. I have been to Barcelona, Madrid and London to do the filming which was an amazing experience.

“At the end of the advert all of the characters turn into professional footballers and my character turns into Neymar and I got to have a chat and take photos with him, which was fantastic.

“The college has been so supportive as it gave me lots of help and advice for my auditions. My tutor Paul Moss arranged an event for us all to watch the football match and the first airing of the advert and it was great to have my tutors and course mates around me for this.”

Paul Moss, programme leader in music and acting at West Cheshire College, said: “We are so proud of Macaulay’s achievements. For him to land a speaking role in a high profile advert with an internationally leading brand is incredible.

“Being in the Nike advert is just his second professional acting job and it has been off the back of the agent coming to see a play at college which is fantastic.”

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