Harlesden family star in Vodafone TV advert

PUBLISHED: 12:43 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:38 15 August 2014

Anita and her family starred in a Vodafone advert shown on primetime TV

Anita and her family starred in a Vodafone advert shown on primetime TV


A Harlesden family have achieved celebrity status after featuring in a nationwide campaign for a leading mobile phone provider.

Anita Whittaker, a professional blogger, was given an opportunity of a lifetime to star in a Vodafone UK TV advertisement with her four children and husband of five years Johann.

Pictures of the couple and their four sons aged 20, 11, five and two are also featured on billboards and in Vodafone stores across the country

The two-and-a-half minute long commercial explores how mobile phones and tablets helps the modern families stay connected.

It follows the Whittakers on a day trip to the Science Museum in London, where they were given a rare opportunity to privately explore the colossal build.

The 39-year-old mother said: “The director told us to be ourselves so I said are you sure about that? We are a bit whacky.

“At first we were a bit stiff because we are not actors. When someone tells you to be yourself, what do you actually do? Luckily, we loosen up over time.”

Mrs Whittaker applied for the role after hearing about it from a friend but never expected to receive a call back.

She added: “We recently visited the Oxford Circus store and took a selfie with a picture of ourselves. It was hilarious because tourists stopped to look at us. They were clearly thinking ‘is that them in the picture; it can’t be surely.’”

The short film was aired for the first time on primetime national television last week.

Since staring in the advert, the Whittakers have been inundated with phone call from proud family and friends.

The former nursery teacher said: “Neighbours have stopped by to congratulate us. Everyone who has seen the ad has loved it and said that is us to the tee.”

“It has been a wonderful experience and I have no regrets. You don’t often see many real black families on TV so it was good to have the opportunity to represent.”

To see Mrs Whittaker’s blog visit

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