Spotlight On: Sykes the Dog
Date Of Birth: 2004
At an estimated age of seven months, Sykes was found roaming as a stray by friends of Gill Raddings, a stunt dog specialist who runs a company called Action Stunt Dogs and Animals in Clifton, Oxfordshire. Due to the police wanting to place Sykes in kennels, Raddings decided to take in the stray. and he joined other dogs including Kyte (the Belgian Shepherd who portrayed Wellard in EastEnders) at her home. Although a cross-breed, his owner believes that there may be some Parson Russell Terrier stock in him due to his long legs.
Following his appearance in Thinkbox's award winning advert 'Every Home Needs a Harvey', he has become better known to the public as his character in the advert, 'Harvey'. In the advert he gets up to several different antics in order to impress prospective adoptors in an animal shelter including ironing, cooking and driving children to school. The advert was named "Advert of the Year" by ITV for 2010.
In September 2010, the John Smith's Brewery advert 'Dog Show' began to broadcast, starring Peter Kay and co-starring Sykes as the Jack Russell Terrier 'Tonto'. Sykes can also been seen making appearances in several Hollywood Blockbusters including 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', 'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Children Of Men' and 'The Wolfman''.
Sykes was cast in 'Midsomer Murders' in March 2011, after attracting the attention of series producer, Brian True-May.
Children Of Men (2006)
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Sherlock Holmes 2 - Game Of Shadows (2011)
Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)
Jack The Giant Killer (2013)
Films For TV
Pickles, The Dog That Found The World Cup (2006)
Catwalk Dogs (2007)
Midsomer Murders (ITV One)
Holby City (BBC One)
Heartbeat (ITV One)
Doc Martin (ITV One)
In 2 Minds
Cranford (BBC One)
Silk (BBC One)
Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV One)
Casualty (BBC One)
Pulling Moves (BBC Three)
Sugar Rush (Channel 4)
New Tricks (BBC One)
"Harvey" - Thinkbox ad
"Dog Show" - John Smiths bitter ad
"Dog and Phone" - Siemens Mobile Phone ad
Tesco F&F Clothes ad
Greggs The Bakers ad
Burgess Supadog Dog Food ad
Pets at Home ad
Pedigree Adoption Drive ad
Peter Kay on working with Sykes:
"They say you should never work with animals or children but, as far as I’m concerned, it’s rubbish because Sykes – as I’ve come to know him – was the consummate professional. It was a joy to work with him."
Owner Gill Raddings on Sykes' fame:
"I do commercials all the time, and the fact he has got all this attention I find incredible. I would never have thought of putting a dog on Facebook, and to get over 10,000 friends is mind- boggling. He doesn’t really read the newspapers, he doesn’t really do the ironing and he doesn’t really do the washing up. I’m sure people do not really think he does, but people still say to me: ‘I wish I had a dog that could do all that’."
Sykes on his career so far: