Remember this face – he’s set to be appearing on TV and computer screens across the country more and more.
Oliver Sharples has already been chosen to appear in four adverts in just 12 months, at just seven years old.
The promising young actor, from Sandwell Avenue, Thornton, has so far starred in the KFC Christmas special advert and a television plug for Park Resorts, and he will be the face of an online campaign for insurance company Friends Provident later this month.
He has also worked for a cause close to home as he was understudy for a Blackpool Merlin advert, to show off the best of the resort’s attractions.
He said: “It feels good to get the jobs because it’s really exciting.
“It’s really quite cool to see myself on television.”
It’s really quite cool to see myself on television.Seven-year-old Oliver Sharples
The Year Two pupil, at Breck Primary School in Poulton, started acting, singing and dancing classes when he was four, at Starmaker Performing Arts Academy, in Thornton.
Here his talent and confidence were spotted and he was signed up to a modelling and casting agency, Little Allstars, just before he turned five.
He added: “I think they choose me because I have good expressions and I’m good at acting.”
Parents Farrah and Paul, both 38, have said they are immensely proud of his achievements, regularly taking him to auditions and casting calls in Manchester and London.
Last week the family travelled to the capital for Oliver to audition for a lead role in a film.
His mother, a teacher, said: “He loves it so we’re extremely proud.
“He’s very confident, he’s got that cheeky character and nothing fazes him.
“From a very young age he was able to read and was confident so that has helped him. We’re not pushy, we’ll just see how far it goes.
“You never really think it will happen to your child so we just want to give him every opportunity.
“It’s surreal to see him on the television.”