John Lewis Christmas 2018, The Boy and the Piano

This year’s hotly anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert has been unveiled and revolves around a heartwarming tale starring Elton John.

The advert opens in the present day with a shot of the musician sat at his piano playing the opening notes of “Your Song,” before going back in time to chart his meteoric rise to stardom. Eventually we are shown the origin of his talents: a piano gifted to him for Christmas by his mother and grandmother.

Scenes have been recreated to show some of Elton’s “most pivotal” moments over the past 70 years, including performing at his school recital in the 1950s and his West Coast stadium tour in the 1970s, as well as backstage moments and song recordings. In the present day, Elton reflects on his life while sat at his first piano.

 Different actors play the singer throughout, with Freddie Henderson depicting the young Elton, Brandon Stein covering his teenage years, Oliver Marshall doing the 70s, Simon Burbage covering the 80s/90s years and John himself appearing for the present day scenes.


John Lewis Christmas 2018, The Boy and the Piano




John Lewis & Partners

Creative Agency


Group CCO

Richard Brim

Group ECDs

Mike Sutherland & Ant Nelson

Account Manager

Skye Stoppani

Business Director

Sam Brown


Tammy Einav

Senior Producer

Sally Pritchett

Film Production

Academy Films


Seb Edwards


Shirley O'Connor

Production Manager

Rachael Donson

Executive Producer

Simon Cooper


Chayse Irvin

Production Designer

Robin Brown


Sam Rice-Edwards @ The Assembly Rooms

Sound Designer

Anthony Moore @ The Factory


Your Song: Elton John

Post Production



Jean-Clément Soret

VFX Supervisor

Kamen Markov

CG Supervisor

Anthony Bloor

CG Team

Anthony Bloor, Jessie Amadio , Andy Steele , Kubisi Younis , Silvia Bartoli, Maximilian Mallmann, Tom Carrick, Charles Downman, David Bryan, Chris Welsby, Eleonora Donofrio, Jason Ivimey

2D Team

Kamen Markov, Jack Stone, Kalle Kohlstrom, Daniel Benjamin, Bevis Jones, Anthony Bloor

VFX Executive Producer

Dafydd Upsdell

VFX Producer

Philip Whalley

VFX Coordinator

Georgia Cook

MPC Bangalore

Line Producer

Neela Kumuda P

Asset Lead

Pritesh Kotian


Manjunath Ramakrishnaiah, SelvaKumar K, Deepali Negi, Craig Savio Padua

Comp Lead

Pratyush Paruchuri


Shaik Abdul Adil, Dilshad Alam, Uday Veerepalli, Aitor Arroyo

Matchmove lead

Ganesh Kumar S


Shridhar Bhat, Ankit Dheraj Toppo, Konduru Achiraju, Shaik Abdul Rahim, Elangovan Ganeshan

Prep Lead

Ragesh Ramachandran


Bruno Roosewelt, Kajal Pandya, Priyanka Dey, Rajesh S, Joshi John

Roto Lead

Mahendra Natha Reddy


Gokula Krishnan, Kishan Katrimal, Manoj Rajiv, Manu PS, Narendar Kumar, Sudev, Partha Pratim Chakraborty