Antonio Banderas is new M&S leading man

Antonio Banderas to star in M&S Christmas campaign

ANTONIO BANDERAS HAS bagged himself a glamorous new role for Christmas – the leading man in the M&S advertising campaign.

The 47-year-old actor will add Hollywood star status to the Christmas Belles ad, which gives a glamorous nod to the Forties.

Antonio will appear alongside established Marks & Spencer faces, Twiggy, Erin O’Connor, Laura Bailey, Noemie Lenoir and Lizzy Jagger.

In an homage to the movie trailers of the Forties, each of the five female leads has been styled to look like iconic screen heroines of the era.

The advert shows the five women as alleged rivals for the attention of one man, played by Banderas but introduced only as ‘Him’, whose identity remains secret until the last scene.

The soundtrack for the film is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, by Andy Williams, which will be re-released for the festive season by Sony BMG.

Banderas said it was an honour to star in the ads, which will air next Wednesday.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘I know how popular the ads and the company are in the UK – even though it’s a pretty tall order to follow Shirley Bassey!’

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