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Wokingham-born actor stands out head and shoulders in America

Published: 16 Jul 2014 13:301 comment

An actor scored a World Cup bonus by appearing in nationwide adverts in the USA.

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Tom Hatton, who grew up in London Road, Wokingham, featured in a series of advertisements in the United States for the duration of the World Cup for Budweiser, Head and Shoulders and Febreeze.

The actor, who moved across the Atlantic in 2006, had his face plastered across billboards in the USA advertising Budweiser – an official partner of the FIFA World Cup – as well as appearing in TV advertisements for the beer after something of a lucky break with his audition.

Mr Hatton said: “The way I booked the job was pretty fortunate. I had been auditioning earlier in the day as a businessman and I got a last-minute call about the Budweiser audition and was told it was football related.

“With no time to change, I turned up in my suit, surrounded by guys in football shirts. The casting director had been seeing football shirts all day long and when I walked in he must have thought – that’s our guy! The business man that loves football!”

“I haven’t been recognized in the street yet, but there will be posters in bars so I might go and stand next to one with the same shirt on and see if anyone falls over.”

Mr Hatton, who went to Crowthorne CofE Primary School and Edgbarrow School, was also the voice of a Head and Shoulders advertisement featuring Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and appeared as football player in an undercover dressing room advertisement for Febreeze during the World Cup.

He added: “My acting experience was very limited when I lived in Wokingham – my high point was playing a jester in the school play! It was only after I took acting classes in my 20s in London that I got my first true acting experiences.

“I am dedicated to my life in New York. It is a daily challenge and certainly wasn’t easy at first. The more time I spend here though, the better and better it gets.”

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