Les Mis actress Samantha Banks “drowns” in tough animal rights ad


ACTRESS Samantha Barks appears in a hard-hitting new animal rights advert drawing attention to the suffering of fish out of water.

The I’d Do Anything and Les Misérables star, appears to be drowning in the PETA advert, which spells out the fact fish suffocate out of water.

Banks appears to be drowning in the hard-hitting PETA ad
Banks appears to be drowning in the hard-hitting PETA ad


The group is trying to persuade consumers to stop eating fish with the slogan “Please Try to Relate, and Keep Fish off Your Plate.”

“Fish have the same capacity to feel pain and to suffer as dogs and cats do”, said PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi.

“PETA are delighted to have teamed up with Samantha Barks, a long-time vegetarian, to encourage the public to help all animals by leaving them off their plates.”

Winner of multiple awards for her debut film role in Les Misérables, Barks has starred in stage productions of Cabaret, Les Misérables, Oliver! and others. She next stars in A Hundred Streets alongside Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.

Barks joins a growing list of celebrities – including Vivienne Westwood, John Bishop, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA to promote the group’s motto, which reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”.