Alex Petersons and Natalie Ickiewicz ? better known as ?Jacko and Natalia? ? promote the XXXX brand at Fashions on the Field. T
Alex Petersons and Natalie Ickiewicz ? better known as ?Jacko and Natalia? ? promote the XXXX brand at Fashions on the Field. T

Familiar faces



Jacko and Natalia will be names familiar to those who have followed the XXXX Gold television commercials.

With a fully stocked bar fridge for his mates and a dog any man would want by his side, Jacko, or Alex Petersons as he's known to friends, has become the star of one of brewer Lion Nathan's most successful marketing campaigns.

Natalie Ickiewicz, who plays Natalia, first commanded attention when she appeared on Jacko's beached fishing boat in 2003 and became instantly recogniseable for her role in the commercials.

Yesterday the pair was at the Grafton racecourse as guests of Lion Nathan to meet and greet racegoers.

Natalie might have been a newcomer to Grafton and the July Racing Carnival, but Alex was more than fa- miliar with the Jacaranda City.

Six years ago he was a student at the Grafton Aquaculture Centre in Trenayr before moving to his current home on the North Coast, just outside Bangalow.

Natalie, on the other hand, had taken holidays from her job as a business development specialist for a Brisbane-based logistics company to visit Grafton for the carnival.

"I'm just an ordinary person like anyone else, you know, and it's amazing how many people recognise you just because you were in a commercial," she said.

It was the the first commercial Toowoomba-born Natalie had done, leading to a photo shoot with Inside Sport magazine and a contract with Lion Nathan to star in the next series of the XXXX Gold commercials, which will air later this year.



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