Horwich acting school youngsters set for TV advert debut

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TWO youngsters from a Horwich based stage school will be seen by a television audience of millions next week.

Tyler Cowie and Freya Cowan, both aged nine, have starred in their first professional TV commercial.

They were cast together as brother and sister for travel search company Kayak’s new advert.

The pair have been attending the Amanda Fairclough Stage and Film School since they were six, and have both enjoyed getting involved in confidence-building activities and taking part in stage productions.

The casting agency, AFA Management, is just 10 months old and already a number of Ms Fairclough’s pupils have been auditioning for high-profile TV shows such as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.

Tyler, from Pemberton, and Freya, from Tyldesley, hope their first role in a TV commercial will be a springboard to more auditions.

Tyler’s grandad Alan Cowie, aged 58, said: “It was so nice that the two of them were cast together.

“They have known each other for a while now and have built up a little rapport — so much so that the person in charge of the production thought they were actually brother and sister.

“Tyler had such a good time filming and says that he can’t wait to audition again for another advert.

“When he was younger his teacher said that one day she would see his face on the TV — and she was right.”

The advert shows the young actors getting excited when their “dad” books a holiday.

Freya’s mum Lisa Cowan, aged 43, said: “Freya initially attended the school for confidence-building as she was quite quiet, being an only child.

“Since attending she has blossomed and really enjoys her time there, especially the shows that they put on twice a year.

“I got a call from Amanda to see if Freya would like to go for an audition for a new advert, which she got the part for. She really enjoyed the day and we’re really proud of her.”

The advert is scheduled to be broadcast from March 12.

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