This cheeky wee monkey is set for stardom in TV ad for kids’ medicine

Faith Robb, who is down to the final six contestants for the new Calpol advert.
Faith Robb, who is down to the final six contestants for the new Calpol advert.
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MOST parents will have reached for the pink elixir at some point to put a smile back on their child’s face.

But for one little girl, Calpol could be offering a lot more than just relief from a fever or headache – it could be opening up the door to a future in showbiz.

Faith Robb with her mum, Samantha.

Faith Robb with her mum, Samantha.

Faith Robb, three, has been chosen out of 24,000 entries in a competition to find the new face of the well-known children’s medicine.

She has made it through to the final six and will go down to London later this month to film the advert.

Her mother, Samantha Robb, from Gilmerton, said her daughter has had a great time so far, calling the audition stage – where the final 24 was whittled down to six – a “Calpol party”.

The children played in soft play areas, got their faces painted and were treated to a host of party foods as they met Calpol bosses who decided who to put through to the next stage.

Mrs Robb, 37, said: “Faith thinks it’s great.

“I have told her that she might be on TV and she seems quite keen on it, although it’s not a huge deal to her as she is used to seeing pictures of herself on the computer screen.

“She is only three so her understanding is limited.

“She just calls it the Calpol party.”

The entries to the competition were initially selected through a public vote on Facebook after parents uploaded videos or images.

The top 12 in each of the nought-six years and six-12 years categories were then invited to the audition, where the six finalists were chosen.

Mrs Robb and her daughter will travel to London for the filming on September 26 and 27.

The premise behind the advert will be showing children getting back to normal after being ill.

Although there is no guarantee Faith will make the final cut, Mrs Robb said Calpol had promised it would try to feature as many of the six children in the final version as possible. She said: “Basically the children will be causing mischief in a store in the advert and she is well practised at that.

“She is quite a little performer as she is the youngest of my children so is used to having the spotlight.

“They are going to try and keep as many of them as they can in the advert, but there will certainly be at least one from each age group.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I think it would be nice for her to look back on it and be able to say she was a Calpol kid.”

Calpol brand manager Claire Ryder said: “We have been delighted with the response from parents to the Be a Calpol Star Facebook competition and have been impressed with how well behaved all the little stars at casting day were.

“The six finalists all bring something special and unique to the Calpol brand and we anticipate more tough decisions at the auditions when deciding on our eventual winners.”

gfraser@edinburghnews.com