Tesco dropped their festive advert on November 13th titled ‘This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us’ which is themed around the pandemic and the impact it had on the holiday season last year.

It features Tesco customers that are determined to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas with their friends and family after all of the restrictions that were in place in 2020.

But viewers have been wondering who the actress is in the festive advert and HITC has found the answer.

This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us | Tesco

This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us | Tesco

Who is the actress in the Tesco Christmas advert?

HITC discovered that the actress in the Tesco Christmas advert is Broadchurch star, Carolyn Pickles.

Twitter user Ellen Armstrong was so impressed by the Christmas advertisement that she wanted Pickles to be cast as the next Doctor Who.

Armstrong tweeted: “I’m coming right out with it. @pickles_carolyn needs to be the next Doctor @bbcdoctorwho and I volunteer as tribute… I mean I’m available as companion.”

Pickles responded: “Thanks you guys. What a fab idea. Granny turns Dr Who. E scooter time travel. Love it.”

Meet Carolyn Pickles

Carolyn Pickles is an actress and writer. She has starred in Broadchurch and Harry Potter. She appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1 as the Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage.

Pickles studied Drama at the University of Manchester before deciding to pursue a career in acting.

Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire the 69-year-old actress has also appeared in West End theatre as well as in ITV soap Emmerdale where she played Shelley Williams.

Pickles has two daughters one of whom is actress Lucy Pickles and she currently lives in North London. Per her Twitter account, she also teaches at Pinewood Studios.

Controversy surrounding Tesco’s Christmas advert

Per Essex Live, the festive Christmas advert has become the most complained about campaign of 2021. It has sparked more than 3,000 complaints.

In the advert, Father Christmas can be seen holding a COVID-19 vaccine passport which has angered many viewers. A spokesperson for the Advertising Standards Agency has said:

“We’ve received over 3,000 complaints regarding this ad. We are currently carefully reviewing these complaints to determine whether there are any grounds for further action. The large majority of complaints assert that the ad is coercive, and encourages medical discrimination based on vaccine status.”

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