Howard Brown (Halifax Bank)
|Born||1966 (age 51–52)|
Sheldon, Birmingham, England
|Occupation(s)||Singer, sales ambassador|
Howard Brown (born c. 1966) is a former customer services representative and sales ambassador for HBOS plc, which owned both Bank of Scotland and Halifax Bank (previously the Halifax Building Society) in the United Kingdom. He is best known for his appearances in Halifax/HBOS television advertisements, often singing and dancing. He was born in Sheldon, Birmingham, and is of Barbadian descent.
Music and television career
Brown became the star of the HBOS Marketing Campaign in 2000, which resulted in him singing in most of his adverts.
In 2003, he had a role in The Office Christmas special, playing himself alongside Ricky Gervais as David Brent and Paul "Bubble" Ferguson from Big Brother 2. The three men took part in a nightclub promotion Blind Date game which was hosted by Mike McClean. Brown and Bubble were getting on much better with the female contestant than Brent, much to his dissatisfaction. When Brown sat down, McClean shouted at the audience "Who gives you extra?" to which they replied "Who Who Who?". This is a reference to the Halifax advert which sings "Who gives you extra?" to the tune of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men. Brown does not actually sing in that particular advert as it was performed by Matt Thornfield and Brown only appeared in cartoon form.
In 2017, Howard made a cameo return to the world of advertising in an advert for Hotels.com.
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- Peck, Tom (20 May 2011). "Howard quits Halifax after bank decides his face no longer fits". The Independent. London.