Norfolk's Madonna set for film role

PUBLISHED: 06:50 02 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:56 22 October 2010


She has made a career out of impersonating Madonna and Marilyn Monroe. But Norfolk's Melita Morgan is now preparing to be a “film star” herself.

She has made a career out of impersonating Madonna and Marilyn Monroe. But Norfolk's Melita Morgan is now preparing to be a "film star" herself.

The mother-of-three from Aylsham has landed a role in a movie, which will see her working alongside celebrities who are also taking lookalike roles - ranging from the Pope and Queen to Michael Jackson and James Dean.

And it comes just as Melita had stepped back from a showbiz career to check in as a check-out girl at Asda - to supplement the single mum's earnings during a "resting" period between bookings.

In June however she will swap the everyday world of the beeping bar code reader for a month on a film set in the Scottish highlands.

Her role in the movie Mister Lonely is a Madonna impersonator who joins a set of other lookalikes at a theatrical commune.

The comedy drama's plot sees Melita doing a love scene with "Charlie Chaplin", getting involved in a mass mud bath and having to run tai chi classes.

Her co-stars include Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton, who is a Marilyn impersonator, and former Rolling Stones girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, who plays the Queen.

Although she has done drama work, including parts in television series The Chief, and being a hooker in a Lottery-funded film The Sweet Life, Mister Lonely will be Melita's biggest film "break" yet.

"This will be a new experience. I might find it artistic heaven. Or I might hate it," said Melita.

Her seven-year-old daughter Angel is also be making the trip, and will be given private tuition alongside Samantha Morton's daughter.

"I was initially reluctant to take the job because of the time away from home, so that was marvellous," she explained

The moral of the story is that people can escape the characters they play - either in showbusiness, or everyday life. And Melita says that has come true for her - being able to expand her normal role with acting skills.

In the first audition the hopefuls had to show they could dance and sing and be Madonna. But in the second they had to feature a story about their own life.

"I told them the truth - that I had slept in the car overnight, and was suffering from bronchitis, just to see them. I also had to do some emotional acting about losing a baby, and hold an American accent for several minutes in a conversation."

Melita was told she had the part just as her career was at another crossroads. She went into showbusiness 15 years ago, to follow a dream having starting out in the equestrian world as a stable manager, after being told by a school careers teacher she was not pretty enough to step into the spotlight.

She has promoted Madonna's official make-up, and been a decoy to lure away press photographers. And she has sung to heads of state and royalty, as well as appearing in a ballet.

But a lull in work saw her take a job at Asda in Norwich to make ends meet at home, where her sons Louis, 18, and Dominic, 17, also live.

"I have not made it to Hollywood, or become an A-list celebrity, and have taken jobs as they come up - trying to combine the life with being a mum and bringing up the children.

"I am just an old fashioned Norfolk girl, brought up on a farm, who likes her home life. But this is a good opportunity, and I hope it encourages other people to follow their dreams too," she added.

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