Your Christmas Or Mine? — release date, cast, plot, trailer, interviews, first looks and all about the festive movie on Prime Video

Your Christmas Or Mine? on Prime Video stars Daniel Mays as an ice cream seller in a splendid Christmas jumper.
Your Christmas Or Mine? on Prime Video stars Daniel Mays as an ice cream seller in a splendid Christmas jumper. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Your Christmas Or Mine? will be getting us nicely into the festive spirit when the movie arrives on Prime Video for this December. 

Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield and Des star Daniel Mays have teamed up with rising star Cora Kirk, Angela Griffin, Harriet Walter and Lucien Laviscount as the festive movie focuses on young couple James and Hayley who inadvertently spend Christmas with their respective in-laws. 

“Christmas movies are a genre that is quite difficult to get right,’ says Daniel Mays, who plays Cora’s working-class dad. “If there’s too much comedy it unbalances the whole thing. If you can hit the sweet spot in these types of films, they are just complete audience pleasers. I think Your Christmas or Mine? achieves that 10-fold. It’s an absolute joy to watch and I’m proud to be part of it.” 

So here's everything you need to know about Your Christmas Or Mine? on Prime Video for Christmas 2022...

There'll be ice cream vans in the snow!

There'll be ice cream vans in the snow!  (Image credit: Prime Video)

Daniel Mays had fun in the snow while shooting Your Christmas or Mine?

Daniel Mays had fun in the snow while shooting Your Christmas or Mine? (Image credit: Prime Video)

Your Christmas Or Mine? release date

Your Christmas Or Mine? launches worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on Friday December 2 2022 so a lovely start to the festive season.

Is there a trailer for Your Christmas Or Mine?

Yes a trailer has been released by Prime Video for Your Christmas or Mine? and it's got us feeling fabulously festive. Take a look below...

Your Christmas or Mine? plot

In Your Christmas Or Mine? Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk play student lovers James and Hayley, who are in their first year of university. When Christmas comes around they kiss one another goodbye and head off home. But, unbeknownst to each other, they both decide to swap trains and enjoy Christmas with their other half. That means they both end up spending the festive period with their in-laws families rather than each other. Hayley must navigate staying with James’ posh, aristocratic family while James has to spend the holidays with Hayley’s down-to-earth, working-class family.  

Hayley arrives at a vast mansion in a small village in the Gloucester countryside to find a place where Christmas does not exist, whilst James heads north to a small semi-detached in Macclesfield and steps into the warm and chaotic pandemonium that only a large family Christmas can bring. When the entire country is blanketed in the biggest snowfall on record, our star-crossed lovers are trapped at the most manic time of the year. Christmas traditions are turned on their head, secrets are revealed, and family truths are told with hilarious consequences. The couple realise that there is an awful lot they don’t know about each other. Will they be able to swap back in time for Christmas Day? And will Hayley and James’ fledgling relationship make it through to the New Year?

A station mix up causes the Christmas mayhem.

A station mix up causes the Christmas mayhem. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Your Christmas or Mine? cast — Asa Butterfield as James

Asa plays James, who comes from a posh, aristocratic family. The young actor is best known as Otis Milburn in the smash hit Netflix seris Sex Education. But he began acting at nine-years-old and appeared in the 2007 movie Son of Rambow. He went on to appear in Ashes to Ashes, The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas and the TV series Merlin. He’s since starred in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Hugo, Ender’s Game, Journey’s End and The House of Tomorrow.   

Asa Butterfield as Adam on the wrong train!

Asa Butterfield as Adam travelling on the wrong train at Christmas!  (Image credit: Prime Video)

Sex Education season 3 episode three

Asa Butterfield in Sex Education season 3. (Image credit: Sam Taylor/ Netflix)

Cora Kirk as Hayley 

Newcomer Cora plays Hayley who comes from a down-to-earth, working class background. Although she has had roles in Doctors and the upcoming film The Devil’s Light, this is her first movie and, according to her co-star Daniel Mays, she “absolutely nailed it and then some”. 

Daniel told us: “This is Cora’s first feature film. It’s her first major role and for my money it’s the most accomplished debut from any actor I’ve ever worked with. It’s a really tricky thing to get right, balancing the pathos and the comedy and she always got it right.”

Cora Kirk as Hayley, also on the wrong train!

Cora Kirk as Hayley, also on the wrong train!  (Image credit: Prime Video)

Interview: Daniel Mays on playing Geoff Taylor 

Daniel Mays plays Hayley's dad Goeff Taylor and he told us: “He is the dad of the rough around the edges family in Macclesfield,” says Daniel. “He has a penchant for knitted turkey jumpers. That’s the reason why I wanted to do the gig in the first place. He’s fun-loving with a heart of gold." recently .caught up with Daniel, 44, who told us a whole lot more...
How would you describe the film?
Daniel says: "James and Hayley [played by Asa Butterfield and newcomer Cora Kirk] are drama students in the early stages of a relationship. They basically say goodbye to each other at the station to go and spend Christmas with their respective families, but then they both make the split-second decision to board each other’s trains. Of course they end up at the other one’s family home, where they get snowed in, meaning they’re forced to spend the Christmas period with each other's families, but without each other. So it’s about how they adapt to that and then how they finally come together at the end. I’m not going to lie I roared with laughter, but I also shed a tear watching it back. At its heart it’s a film that epitomises the importance of family." 

You’ve never done a Christmas film before. How did you find it?
Daniel says: "We filmed it in June and I was like, how on earth is this going to work? But I was absolutely blown away by the snow machines and all the tricks they use. It was such an eye opener and genuinely one of the most enjoyable shoots to be a part of. It was good to branch out and do something feelgood – I mean, I can’t play maniac villains and policemen my whole career!"

So tell us about your character…
Daniel says: "I play Geoff, who’s Hayley’s dad, and he’s just this lovely like fun loving, happy-go-lucky sort of guy from Macclesfield, who has this ice cream van. He sells ice creams in the summer but changes tack over the winter period and sells turkeys, which I actually think it's an ingenious idea!"

He also wears this rather fetching Christmas jumper. How do you feel about festive knitwear?
Daniel says: "God I’ve never owned anything so hideous as that jumper! I didn’t seem to get to take it off all shoot! It’s funny because the day we wrapped it was the Met Gala and there were all of these crazy outfits and I thought, I could probably rock up wearing my knitted turkey jumper and not look out of place!"

The film focuses on family Christmas traditions. What are yours?
Daniel says: "One of our traditions is that we all go and watch Leyton Orient Football Club on Boxing Day. So, you know, we have to endure that! Other than that it’s just silly little things like country walks, overeating and watching the kids unwrap their presents. Because I’m usually so busy, what I really identify with this film is the importance of not working and just chilling out with the family."

And do you have a favourite Christmas film?
Daniel says: "Oh Home Alone’s great. But I do enjoy It’s A Wonderful Life. You can’t really go wrong with that one. What I love about it is James Stewart’s amazing elegance and casualness with his comedy. It’s effortless."

Can you tell us what projects you’ve got coming up in 2023?
Daniel says: "I'm doing this big period drama for Apple TV about Benjamin Franklin and I've been working with the Hollywood legend Michael Douglas, which has been one of the biggest joys of my career so far. It’s a huge production, and all frock coats and that kind of stuff. Just wait until you see my ginger wig – it’s quite something!"

* Previously Daniel Mays has starred in Code 404 and has a number of top roles under his belt, including Des, White Lines, Good Omens, Magpie Murders and Temple. He played Danny in the film Fisherman’s Friends and Tivik in Rogue One. He’s also known for Vera Drake, Ashes to Ashes, Mrs Biggs and Line of Duty

Daniel Mays as ice cream/turkey seller Geoff Taylor!

Daniel Mays as ice cream/turkey seller Geoff Taylor! (Image credit: Prime Video)

Daniel Mays and Cora Kirk at a Prime Video launch for Your Christmas Or Mine?

Daniel Mays with Cora Kirk at a recent Prime Video launch for Your Christmas Or Mine? (Image credit: Nick Cannon)

Daniel Mays in Magpie Murders.

Daniel Mays in Magpie Murders. (Image credit: ITV)

Angela Griffin as Mrs Taylor 

Angela plays Hayleys mum Mrs Taylor. She made her name as Fiona Middleton in Coronation Street from 1992 until 2019. She’s also starred in shows such as Cutting It, Holby City, Down to Earth, Lewis and Brief Encounters. Angela also played Kim Campbell in Waterloo Road since 2006. Your Christmas or Mine? sees her reunited with her White Lines co-star Daniel Mays. Cora Kirk in particular was delighted to appear alongside Angela, saying “she’s been one of my idols since I was young.”

Your Christmas Or Mine? on Prime Video also stars Angela Griffin.

Angela Griffin as Mrs Taylor. (Image credit: Prime Video)

Angela Griffin.

Former Corrie star Angela Griffin will play Mrs Taylor. (Image credit: PA Images)

Who else is starring in Your Christmas or Mine? 

The movie will also star Killing Eve’s Harriet Walker, Lucien Laviscount (Snatch, Emily In Paris), Alex Jennings (The Crown), David Bradley (The Harry Potter movies), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Jekyll and Hyde) and Ram John Holder (Death in Paradise).

Nicholas Cannon
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