Girl who gave up job in chemist to become Duchess of Cambridge lookalike sheds Midlands accent to live like a Royal
A girl who gave up her job in a chemists to pursue her dream of becoming a Kate Middleton lookalike has found global success.
Such is the demand for all things relating to the Duchess of Cambridge that Kate Bevan has barely stopped working in the year since she left her post as pharmaceutical assistant in a Stafford chemist.
Since then, Kate”s rise to fame has been almost as fast and as intense as the real Kate”s was.
Having previously never been as far as even London alone, the lookalike has now travelled the globe in her new role, making public appearances as far away as Hong Kong and receiving invitations to take part in television chat shows in the U.S.
Dream: Kate Bevan gave up her job in a pharmacy to pursue her career as a professional lookalike after she was told she bore a striking resemblance to the Duchess of Cambridge, right
Whirlwind: Since going professional Kate has worked with a Queen lookalike and appeared on the Jay Leno show alongside Dame Edna Everage
She has been invited to appear on Channel 4, where she was taught to dance by the Strictly team. She filmed for MTV and teamed up with a Prince William lookalike for a series of appearances as well as filming with American TV networks NBC and CBSand Norwegian and French television channels.
Kate, who is currently seven months pregnant with her first baby, says she has been overwhelmed with the demand.
“My world completely changed and I”ve loved every moment of it. I”ve met celebrities including Rolf Harris, Graham Norton, Amanda Holden. Dame Edna Everage even invited me for lunch.
“Onthe day before the royal wedding I made 3,000 but I was working until midnight and had to be up early the next to appear on Australian television.”
The 22-year-old had been told two years earlier that she bore more than a passing resemblance to Kate Middleton. But when Catherine and William became engaged, the comments became constant and Kate decided to attempt a career as a professional lookalike.
Kate even embarked upon elocution lessons to shed her distinctive Midlands accent – and the work flooded in.
Uncanny: Ms Bevan has got the Duchess”s mannerisms down pat – and has had elocution lessons to pick up Kate”s rounded vowels to complete the illusion
Kate told MailOnline: “I went for a couple of lessons with a local elocution teacher and then a got some tips from Elizabeth Brewer from Ladette to Lady when I was filming for Channel 4 which really helped.
“Itend to miss letters of the end of my words and use common slang, whereas Kate is a lot more refined. It sounds really sad but I listen totapes of Kate speaking and I try to mimic the way she moves her head when she speaks.”
As well as her voice Kate has had to make several changes to her appearanceusing hair extensions to mimic the Duchess”s shiny locks, and she regularly gets spray tans and manicures.
Andwhen Kate Middleton started losing weight in the run up to the royal wedding, Kate was forced to start a strict diet and exercise routine.
Kate was asked to stand next to a cut-out of the Duchess of Cambridge in Hong Kong – but organisers muddled the two up and made the cut out of the lookalike Kate – meaning Kate Bevan looked even more like her doppelganger
In Hong Kong, Kate tells how she stood next to a life-sized cutout of herself (organisers had meant to cut out an image of Kate Middleton, but got the two confused) and had bodyguards to protect her as she was mobbed by hysterical fans, shaking and crying in her presence.
Mrs Bevan, who married husband Nathan, 26, last May, said: ‘After the engagement it became unreal. Nearly everyone who came through the pharmacy doormade a comment and gawped in total shock.
“I feel like a celebrity. I”m stopped by people in the street all the time.”
After her taste of fame Kate says she is not envious of the Duchess: “I definitely don”t envy her at all and I”ve had a fraction of the attention she has had.
“If I was the real deal I can”t imagine what my life would be like.”
For now, the work is slowing down as Kate”s pregnancy advances. But as soon as she has had her daughter it”s back to work.
She adds: “It would have been so good if I”d have got pregnant at the same time as Kate, I”d have made a lot of money out of it.
“But I”m glad I got pregnant first as Iwouldn”t want people to think I was just having a baby to make money. I”ll think they”ll have a child this time next year.”
And no doubt the work will keep flooding in.
To book Kate Bevan, contact her via her website at www.katemiddleton-lookalike.com, email her at [email protected] or call to make a booking on07811 100 928.
Regal: Kate and William lookalike Andy Walker cause a stir in Central London while filming for a Japanese television show
Doubletake: Kate Bevan and a William lookalike pose with Fearne Cotton following a radio interview