Luke Treadaway has called on his fans to rally round Big Issue vendors this Christmas by buying a subscription to the magazine.
In Treadaway’s newest film, A Christmas Gift From Bob – the sequel to the smash hit movie A Street Cat Named Bob – he plays real life Big Issue seller James Bowen, who shot to fame after writing a book about how his life was turned around by the titular ginger cat.
The actor said the experience of getting to know James gave him a much greater understanding of what it takes to be a vendor.
“I think it’s really good that you can still support the vendors by subscribing online to a weekly magazine,” he said. “That [money] still goes to the vendors, to helping these people. I think that’s something that everyone can do. At least for this month… and then just forget to cancel and carry on subscribing forever.”
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James Bowen echoed his on-screen alter ego.