Jazz hands at the ready

Is adland full of pushy parents? The industry does seem to have more than its fair share of child stars.

Anyone who watched the BBC's Charles Dickens spoof The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, starring Stephen Fry and Robert Webb, over Christmas would have noticed a budding young star in the making. Finlay Christie, who played Webb's son in the show, is the son of Wieden & Kennedy's Neil Christie. And on the silver screen, Diary can report that Asa Butterfield, the child actor who shot to stardom recently as the lead in the Martin Scorsese flick Hugo, is the son of Sam Butterfield, a creative at Publicis London.