Sunday 4 December 2016

Domhnall Gleeson is being claimed as British thanks to his starring role in Burberry's Christmas ad

Published 01/11/2016 | 14:47

Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Lily James in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson in Burberry's Christmas ad
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Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
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Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad

Domhnall Gleeson is being claimed as British thanks to his starring role in Burberry's Christmas ad.

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The 33-year-old Dubliner, whose father is legendary actor Brendan Gleeson, stars in the brand's beautiful new Christmas video starring alongside Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Lily James.

And while the three minute short film has been largely praised for its content, there's one glaringly obvious error in his description.

Titles such as GQ, The Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail have all praised his performance in the star-studded holiday video, but all label him as one of the "British actors" commemorating 160 years of the iconic brand.

Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Sienna Miller in Burberry's Christmas ad

Gleeson plays the role of Thomas Burberry, the British brand's founder and plays out a fictional take on his life alongside Miller, James and West.

It's not the first time Domhnall has been at the centre of an Irish/British controversy - he described himself as British at Comic Con earlier this year, but it was clarified that he was referring to his character General Hux.

Meanwhile, his latest role has secured him major points in the high fashion industry as his star continues to soar in Hollywood.

Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey said they wanted to tell the story of Thomas Burberry "in our own words".

Domhnall Gleeson with Lily James in Burberry's Christmas ad
Domhnall Gleeson with Lily James in Burberry's Christmas ad

"This Christmas, as we celebrate our 160th anniversary we wanted to tell the story of Thomas Burberry – pioneer, inventor, innovator, and the man behind the iconic trenchcoat – in our own words," he said in a statement celebrating the short.

"The film we have made is a brief glimpse inspired by his full and extraordinary life, which threaded its way through the history of the 20th century in all its tumultuous highs and lows."

It's the first of several campaigns they are launching in the run-up to Christmas (FYI - Halloween was literally yesterday) over the coming weeks.

Victoria and David Beckham's son Romeo has taken centre stage in Burberry's Christmas ads for the last two years.

Watch the full video, here:

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