George Clooney donates fee for Warburtons advert to human rights foundation

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Watch: George Clooney will donate the dough from this ad to his human rights campaign

Hollywood actor George Clooney is the latest celebrity to star in a TV advert for British bakery brand Warburtons.

The A-lister, who turns 60 on 6 May, is seen alongside bakery boss Jonathan Warburton in the minute-long advert which will air on ITV on 8 May.

The fee paid to Clooney for his participation in the campaign was donated to the Clooney Foundation For Justice, which was founded by the actor and his wife, the international human rights lawyer, Amal.

George Clooney looks excited to be pitching his legendary idea to family bakers in new advert that celebrates Warburtons dedication to baking the best quality (Warburtons/PA)
George Clooney looks excited to be pitching his legendary idea to family bakers in new advert that celebrates Warburtons dedication to baking the best quality (Warburtons/PA)

The foundation campaigns against human rights abuses around the world.

Warburton can be seen preparing a piece of toast with butter to eat as his 3pm snack – only to be interrupted as a receptionist runs into the room declaring: “Mr Warburton, George Clooney is on the line!”

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Clooney’s face can be seen on a laptop, where he’s waiting to pitch an idea to Mr Warburton.

George Clooney waits patiently for Jonathan Warburton so he can pitch his legendary idea for the next Warburtons advert but Jonathan is late to join the call. (PA/Warburtons)
George Clooney waits patiently for Jonathan Warburton so he can pitch his legendary idea for the next Warburtons advert but Warburton is late to join the call. (PA/Warburtons)

But the Ocean’s Eleven star is left dumbfounded when he’s snubbed for a piece of hot, buttered toast as Warburton declares: “He can wait,” closing the laptop so he can eat his toast. 

Clooney can be heard saying: “He hung up?”

ONE USE ONLY George and Amal Clooney, representing the Clooney Foundation for Justice, arrive at the People's Postcode Lottery charity gala at the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. (Photo by David Cheskin/PA Images via Getty Images)
George and Amal Clooney (PA Images via Getty Images)

On appearing in the advert, Clooney said: “It’s not every day your call is turned down for a slice of toast, but needless to say I had a lot of fun filming this spot. 

"It was great working with the Warburtons team and I’m thankful for the support they are providing to the Clooney Foundation For Justice.”

Jonathan Warburton in the latest advert (PA/Warburtons)
Jonathan Warburton in the latest advert. (PA/Warburtons)

Warburton said: “We are thrilled to have George Clooney star in our latest campaign. Video calls have become part of normal life for so many of us during the last year, but George Clooney popping up on screen was quite a surprise!  

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“At Warburtons, we pride ourselves on the care that goes into making sure that every single loaf is as fresh and high quality as possible. 

"Quality is truly at the heart of our 145-year-old business, and this new ad is a real celebration of that passion, and we hope it will bring a smile to those watching.”

De Niro in the Warburtons ads (Credit: PA)
Robert De Niro in the Warburtons ads. (PA)

Other big-name celebrities who have starred in Warburtons adverts include Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone.

The advert goes live on social media from 7 May and airs on ITV on 8 May.

Watch: Clooney looks ahead to turning 60