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Revealed! What it’s really like to be a celebrity doppelganger

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While many of us are told we have a lookalike or two, these five professional doppelgangers are so convincing, they’ve turned it into a career. 

From Daniel Craig to Dynasty icon Joan Collins, these lookalikes reveal exclusively to FEMAIL what it’s really like to be mistaken for some of the country’s most-loved faces. 

Also on the books is Anthony Joshua, who once fooled a runner into believing he was the boxing champion, and a Ricky Gervais double, who once got to interview his lookalike face-to-face. 

Meanwhile, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator has starred in adverts alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell and Stephen Fry – and played her double in a film with A-list Hollywood actors Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. 

Jason Kent (pictured), 50, from Cirencester in the Cotswolds, was first told he looked like Daniel Craig when he had the lead role in the film 'Layer Cake'

Jason Kent (pictured), 50, from Cirencester in the Cotswolds, was first told he looked like Daniel Craig when he had the lead role in the film ‘Layer Cake’

Suzie Kennedy (pictured), 40, London, became a Marilyn Monroe lookalike fifteen years ago after she was told by a stranger she should join an agency

Suzie Kennedy (pictured), 40, London, became a Marilyn Monroe lookalike fifteen years ago after she was told by a stranger she should join an agency 

Following the success of Ricky Gervais' hit show The Office, lookalike Tim Oliver, from Sussex, was increasingly told he looked like the actor

Following the success of Ricky Gervais’ hit show The Office, lookalike Tim Oliver, from Sussex, was increasingly told he looked like the actor

Iffy Onwuachu (pictured), from London, was first told he looked like boxer Anthony Joshua in 2016 - when he won the British and Commonwealth titles

Iffy Onwuachu (pictured), from London, was first told he looked like boxer Anthony Joshua in 2016 – when he won the British and Commonwealth titles

Barbara Angela Kealy, from London, revealed that if she wasn't a double for actress Joan Collin, she'd like to have been a Marilyn Monroe impersonator

Barbara Angela Kealy, from London, revealed that if she wasn’t a double for actress Joan Collin, she’d like to have been a Marilyn Monroe impersonator

MARILYN MONROE 

Suzie Kennedy, 40, London 

Fifteen years ago I was walking to college and a guy said I looked like Marilyn. He told me to join an agency and I did. 

That agency then went on to send me to a TV commercial casting which was for an After Eight mint advert with Naomi Campbell and Stephen Fry. I got the job and two weeks later was on set with them. It was an amazing experience.  

After becoming a lookalike, my life changed dramatically. Suddenly, there was another person in my life – Marilyn. I had to study her and her looks and learn about her world. I’ve since gone on to play her in Blade Runner alongside Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

One of the most amusing times I was mistaken for the icon was when I was working in the Middle East and the cleaner actually thought I was her. He’d seen her in various movies – and clearly didn’t realise that either she was dead or the movies were old.  

I am now a professional lookalike full time. I perform for many people worldwide including A-list celebrities as they aren’t able to get the real thing.

I get treated really well in restaurants as many people know me as the “Marilyn girl” and as she cannot be there herself, I get the best treatment. It’s never a burden!

Suzie has featured in a commercial for an After Eight mint advert with Naomi Campbell and Stephen Fry - something which she described an as 'amazing' experience

Suzie has featured in a commercial for an After Eight mint advert with Naomi Campbell and Stephen Fry – something which she described an as ‘amazing’ experience

The doppelganger performs for people worldwide including A list celebrities. Pictured, impersonating Marilyn Monroe

The doppelganger performs for people worldwide including A list celebrities. Pictured, impersonating Marilyn Monroe

Suzie admits she gets treated really well in restaurants as the real deal can't be there - so she gets the best treatment

Suzie admits she gets treated really well in restaurants as the real deal can’t be there – so she gets the best treatment

DANIEL CRAIG 

Jason Kent, 50, from Cirencester in the Cotswolds

The first time someone said I looked like Daniel Craig was when he had the lead role in the film ‘Layer Cake’. 

Since then I’m often stopped in the streets and asked for selfies. It’s cool when people double take and I’ve also been flagged down in my car – only for them to realise their mistake and drive off embarrassed. 

I’m always being asked if I get fed up of it, but it’s quite the opposite… I love it. He is James Bond after all! 

I’m a self-employed painter and decorator but I’m also a supporting artist for TV and film and love the banter on-set where I’m often referred to as “Daniel” or “Bond.”

I’ve been in music videos and adverts and the eagle-eyed may spot me in films like The Darkest Hour and 1917. 

Since teaming up with Kate Moss Lookalike (Denise Ohnona) we have attended photoshoots and charity events helping to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Photoshoots are my favourite especially iconic Bond Scenes, with Aston Martin’s and Bond girls.  

I’m really looking forward to the latest Bond ‘No Time To Die’ which is due to be released in April 2020, and maybe one day I will finally get to meet him.

Jason told how he's been flagged down in his car before - but people have driven off embarrassed after realising their mistake

Jason told how he’s been flagged down in his car before – but people have driven off embarrassed after realising their mistake

The doppelganger (pictured) often teams up with a Kate Moss lookalike to work at charity events and help raise money for worthwhile causes

The doppelganger (pictured) often teams up with a Kate Moss lookalike to work at charity events and help raise money for worthwhile causes

Jason (pictured) hopes that one day he will get the chance to meet the real Daniel Craig, who he bears a striking resemblance to

Jason (pictured) hopes that one day he will get the chance to meet the real Daniel Craig, who he bears a striking resemblance to

RICKY GERVAIS 

Tim Oliver, Sussex  

When The Office first appeared on our screens, I was running my own entertainment business. 

My PA told me to watch a TV show on BBC2 on Monday nights at 11pm as there was an office manager who was exactly like me. In fact, she said every time I asked her to do something it was like he was asking. I had to watch it. 

Following this, I had about a year of people approaching me in public places asking if I was ‘that bloke from The Office.’ As Ricky and his genius were becoming more and more famous, so was I. 

I eventually gave in and decided to give it a go. Having hired lookalikes for events and parties I organised in the past, I realised how lucrative it can be.

As soon as I had some publicity shots sent out to agents, the bookings came rolling in. 

I remember my first booking 15 years ago was a day at Orange Mobile Phones in Newcastle with Basil Fawlty and Del Boy. It was like mucking around with a couple of mates and getting paid for it. I was hooked!

Then a journalist called me from Total Film Magazine and asked if id interview Ricky as David Brent. After we agreed a date and a price, I asked, “Does Ricky know about this?” He said, “Ricky asked us to ask you.” 

Before becoming a Ricky Gervais impersonator, Tim (pictured) hired lookalikes for events and parties. He realised how lucrative it can be

Before becoming a Ricky Gervais impersonator, Tim (pictured) hired lookalikes for events and parties. He realised how lucrative it can be

The doppelganger has appeared on Britain's Got Talent where he made it through to the live semi-finals alongside lookalike group 'The Chippendoubles'

The doppelganger has appeared on Britain’s Got Talent where he made it through to the live semi-finals alongside lookalike group ‘The Chippendoubles’ 

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I was excited and a little nervous to meet the bloke I’d been impersonating for a few years, but not many “lookalikes” get to meet their celebrity double and I was honoured to be asked. 

We immediately hit it off with plenty of banter – as you can imagine. Then after a photograph session, I had a number of questions to ask – most of which ended with us both cracking up. 

Later, I was his body double in The Muppet Movie Muppets Most Wanted, but that’s a whole other story!

Thanks to my chosen career path, I have not only travelled the world but have also appeared on many TV series over the years, mostly for VT’s and practical jokes. 

That was until a hand full of us lookalikes decided to go on Britain’s Got Talent 2010. We called ourselves “The Chippendoubles” and the group consisted of Ricky Gervais, David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, Will Smith, Daniel Craig, Mr T and Simon Cowell. 

We got through to the live semi-finals and I hadn’t experienced anything as crazy at that in my life up until that point. We got a five minute standing ovation from 5000 people – it was such a buzz.   

When hit show The Office first appeared on the nation's screens, TIm (pictured) was running my own entertainment business

When hit show The Office first appeared on the nation’s screens, TIm (pictured) was running my own entertainment business

Tim (pictured) told how a journalist got in touch with him and asked if he'd interview Ricky Gervais as his character in The Office, David Brent

Tim (pictured) told how a journalist got in touch with him and asked if he’d interview Ricky Gervais as his character in The Office, David Brent

ANTHONY JOSHUA  

Iffy Onwuachu

The first time I was told I looked like the successful boxer was around 2016 when he won the British and Commonwealth titles.

I was at a party in Kingston in London and I was in the toilet of the club. A random guy came up to me and asked if I was actually him.

At this point, I didn’t have a clue who Anthony Joshua was, so I asked to see a picture of him and I thought surely not…I didn’t think we looked similar at all! 

A couple more guys in the toilet overheard and started agreeing. I was just confused at this point, but flattered none-the-less. 

My life since I’ve become a lookalike has changed quite a bit. I get a lot more female attention now and it’s a good conversation starter for most people. 

One of the funniest occasions was working at a bar at Goodwood Festival and a crowd of people I was serving thought I was him and started chanting, “Ohh Anthony Joshua”. 

I wasn’t allowed on my phone but I managed to catch a small wave of people still chanting. There were loads of people asking for pictures with me as well. 

Speaking of how his life has changed since becoming a lookalike, Iffy (pictured) joked: 'I get a lot more female attention now!'

Speaking of how his life has changed since becoming a lookalike, Iffy (pictured) joked: ‘I get a lot more female attention now!’

Another time I was going for my regular evening run and a man jogging quite far behind me started shouting “Joshua,” “Josh.” 

I thought I was hearing stuff but I turned around and he was hailing me down to stop. 

I stopped and waited for him to catch up and he was so happy to see me and he was giving me accolades. 

He said he was a huge fan and asked if he could run with me on my route. We stopped a few times because he wanted to get a picture that wasn’t blurry and he posted the picture on his Facebook page while also recording the run we had. 

I was amazed at the fact that he actually thought I was Anthony Joshua – it was hilarious! He asked me about my training routines and asked if I was ready for my next fight (Povetkin).

I just kept going along with the whole thing because by this point I was in too deep pretending I was actually him and didn’t want to disappoint the guy. Bless him, I felt bad. Sorry if you’re reading this mate! 

I signed up to Susan Scott lookalikes in February 2019 and have since starred in some commercials and a photoshoot for The Times Magazine Rich List as Anthony Joshua’s body double.

My latest job was being a double in the new Lynx ‘deliver the chill’ commercial with Tinie Tempah, which were both pretty amazing! I’m excited for the next year and what it holds. 

I enjoy being AJ’s lookalike – it’s funny and it’s also extremely flattering. It doesn’t affect my daily routine at all and even if it did start to, I think there are worse problems to have then looking like a champion!

Iffy joked that being AJ's lookalike doesn't affect his daily routine and even if it did start to, he said: 'I think there are worse problems to have then looking like a champion!'

Iffy joked that being AJ’s lookalike doesn’t affect his daily routine and even if it did start to, he said: ‘I think there are worse problems to have then looking like a champion!’

JOAN COLLINS 

Barbara Angela Kealy, from London

Once Joan won the Alexis Carrington part in Dynasty, I was continuously being told how much I resembled her. 

But my life really changed when I was accepted as a lookalike by Susan Scott’s. I have worked in many countries in Europe and cities across the UK doing the likes of photoshoots, TV appearances, adverts, Oscar nights and fashion shop openings.  

The funniest occasion has to be when I was surrounded by dozens of Japanese tourists at Brighton train station. I was with my friend, a Liz Taylor lookalike. 

We had just completed a photoshoot and were on our way home wearing our full make-up. The tourists thought we were the real thing and chased us down the platform and into the carriage we ran into. 

We gave them autographs and took photos with them until they eventually left us to the rest of our journey.  

If I was to be any other lookalike, it would be Marilyn Monroe – she is the world’s biggest icon and is always in demand. There are several Marilyn lookalikes – all wonderful.

But I enjoy looking like Joan – the public always look twice and occasionally nudge each other when I walk by, especially if I’m dolled up. 

I’ve even written a novel based on my part-time work called Double Deception, which is set in the world of lookalikes.

Barbara Angela Kealy (pictured), from London, started being told she looked like actress Joan Collins after she won the part of Alexis Carrington part in Dynasty

Barbara Angela Kealy (pictured), from London, started being told she looked like actress Joan Collins after she won the part of Alexis Carrington part in Dynasty

Barbara has attended many events as doppelganger Joan Collins - and has even been on the This Morning sofa alongside Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes

Barbara has attended many events as doppelganger Joan Collins – and has even been on the This Morning sofa alongside Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes

The doppelganger has written a novel based on her experiences called Double Deception, which is set in the world of lookalikes (pictured)

The doppelganger has written a novel based on her experiences called Double Deception, which is set in the world of lookalikes (pictured) 

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