Debenhams brought star-power and a bit of extra sparkle to their Christmas advert this year, with Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor making a cameo appearance in the magical commercial. The video, based around the classic fairy-tale Cinderella, tells the story of a young woman who loses her sparkling bejewelled shoe on a busy train, and the handsome young stranger who finds it. The pair use social networking and the media in an attempt to find each other, before eventually meeting on a snow-covered street and sharing a romantic kiss. Ewan, 46, not only narrates the advert - he is also instrumental in bringing the couple together. "Like all good love stories it was never going to be that simple," he can be heard saying. "Just when all seemed lost, fate decided to step in."
The magical Debenhams' Christmas advert is inspired by the fairytale Cinderella
The multi-million pound 'You Shall Find Your Fairytale Christmas' campaign was filmed in 39 degree heat in Budapest back in July, using fake snow. It has certainly been well received by fans, with many stating they prefer it to John Lewis' highly-anticipated offering. "Just seen the Debenhams xmas ad & Ewan McGregor is in it! Beat that John Lewis!" one wrote. Another added: "#youshall Debenhams Christmas advert this year knocks the spots off John Lewis and Marks & Spencer! Great story – everyone loves a fairytale ending!"
And there's an extra special treat for Debenhams' customers. The Jenny Packham shoe at the centre of the love story is available to buy! The limited-edition crystal-studded stiletto, which was created especially for the campaign, will be on offer in select stores for £99.