Postman lands starring role in national TV advert

Happy: Ahmed Piperdi, a postman from Preston, will appear in a TV ad aired tonight
Happy: Ahmed Piperdi, a postman from Preston, will appear in a TV ad aired tonight
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A postman will make his debut to millions of people tonight as he features in a Royal Mail TV advert.

Ahmed Piperdi, who is based at Royal Mail’s office in Preston, is starring in the advert called ‘We Love Parcels’ which celebrates the 1 billion parcels postal workers deliver a year.

It is Royal Mail’s first major TV advertising campaign in six years and in it Ahmed can be seen smiling broadly as he does the thing he loves the most – delivering parcels to his loyal regulars.

The advert will screen during the ad break on tonight’s X Factor on ITV.

The advertising campaign has been launched at the start of Royal Mail’s build up to Christmas.

Ahmed, who has worked for Royal Mail for 13 years was chosen to appear after the company issued a call to 132,000 of its front line staff to invite them to audition for a part. 2,500 employees applied and Ahmed was one of 25 who were selected to star in the commercial after auditioning in front of an accomplished judging panel of film producers and directors.

The 37-year-old father of four from Fulwood said: “My kids are so proud that their dad is going to be famous – I’m so happy to have been picked, I didn’t expect it for the life of me! I’m sad that my whole family in India is going to miss seeing me on TV, but it’s an exciting experience”

The advert is accompanied by a special version of the iconic Beatles song “‘All You Need is Love”.

It was sung by the official Royal Mail choir and recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios; 46 years after The Beatles recorded the original version at the very same address.