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Remember that young girl from the 70s Persil advert filmed in Gedling? Here’s what she looks like now


Remember this fresh-faced youngster from Gedling who helped sell washing powder to millions back in the 70s?

Fast forward forty two years and Abi Michael (she’s married now) has definitely changed a lot!

PICTURED: Abi in the original Persil commercial from 1976

The 44-year-old appeared in one of a series of commercials for Persil washing powder alongside a number of residents from Gedling village.

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Abi recently got in touch after discovering a story we published on Gedling Eye about the ads last year.

She has since left Gedling and now lives in Cornwall with her husband and young daughter.

NOW: Abi pictured today with daughter Isabel

And despite becoming a familiar face to millions back in the seventies, Abi says she has no recollection of filming the popular commercials.

“I have no memory of it at all. I was about two at the time,” she said.

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“My mum said she was paid £25 for the commercial, so I recently asked her for my earnings plus interest after learning about the commercial.

“We lived in Priory Crescent at the time and remained there until I was about 10. We then moved to Hucknall. I live in Cornwall now, as does my mum.”

The adverts now have a special place in Abi’s heart, as they also feature her beloved aunt – who has since passed away.

She told us: “My auntie is on one of them too. She passed away a few years ago, so it was lovely to remember her as she was when I was younger.”

Here are the other Persil commercials in the series:

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