Usain Bolt becomes a superhero for Virgin (with the help of Richard E. Grant)

Tom Tagholm directs the athlete in latest outing for the broadband provider

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jun 01, 2018

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He may have retired from athletics but Usain Bolt's acting career is blossoming. His latest appearance in a Virgin Media ad sees him get fitted out for superhero suit, with the help of actor Richard E. Grant ("Withnail and I") as the tailor measuring him up.

The ad, promoting Virgin's new "super" broadband speeds, pays homage to "suit up" scenes from classic superhero movies and sees Bolt experimenting with several different styles, colors and gadgets (including one that makes him "look like a Ninja turtle') before he finally finds the right suit. It ends with the line: "Switch to super today and we'll double the speed of our best-selling bundles for free."

Created by BBH London, the TV spot was directed by Tom Tagholm via Park Pictures and will premier tonight during U.K. primetime show "Britain's Got Talent." It will be accompanied by video, press, online and social activity.

Virgin has been using Bolt in its ads since 2012, including in a 2016 animated spot that demonstrated what the length of his 9.58 second world record felt like.

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Jun 01, 2018
Virgin Media
BBH London
MD of Consumer:
Jeff Dodds
Director of Brand:
Lloyd Page
Head of Advertising:
Amy Gilbert
Senior Marketing Manager:
Lawrence Hamilton
Creative Team:
Ray Chan
Creative Team:
Simon Cenamor
Creative Director:
Hamish Pinnell
Strategy Director:
Richard Madden
Ed Kurland
Business Lead:
Holly Ripper
Account Manager:
Matt Sims
Senior Account Director:
Laura Brady
Jemima Bowers
Animation Producer:
Matt Towell
Assistant Producer:
Fatima Kried
Production Company:
Park Pictures
Tom Tagholm
Executive Producer:
Stephen Brierley
Fran Thompson
Director of Photography:
Nicolaj Bruel
Post Production:
Editing House:
String & Tins
Costume Designer:
Mr Gammon
Costume Assistant:
Gabrielle Edmunds
Production Designer:
Ricky Eyres
Sarah Knight
Smith & Foulkes
Social Strategist:
Jack Colchester
Account Manager:
Liam Shanahan
Senior Account Director:
Brooke Hannan

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