Video and photo gallery: The Norfolk teen model who is the face behind Audrey Hepburn

Ellie Burton as Audrey Hepburn in the new Galaxy chocolate TV ad.

Ellie Burton as Audrey Hepburn in the new Galaxy chocolate TV ad. - Credit: Supplied

For generations, many girls have dreamed of looking like Audrey Hepburn. But, for one Norfolk teenager, the dream came true - literally.

Ellie Burton, pictured after winning a modelling contract with Marks and Spencer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELL

Ellie Burton, pictured after winning a modelling contract with Marks and Spencer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

For 16-year-old Cromer model Ellie Burton is the star of a high-profile advert for Galaxy chocolate, in which she plays the Hollywood icon.

However, only those who know the secret would realise that it is Ellie, who is getting rave reviews as she fashions a promising career.

For the wonders of computer-generated imagery mean the former Aylsham High School student looks exactly like the star of Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady.

Ellie, who spends her time largely in London, but returns to the family home at Cromer at weekends, said: 'I felt very privileged about being in such a high-profile job, especially since Audrey Hepburn was such a beautiful icon.'


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She added that the transformation from Ellie to Audrey was down to CGI technology, hair, make-up and costume, saying: 'It was a slow process but it looked amazing. I still don't feel like it's me when I see the ad.'

She said her mum always loved Audrey Hepburn, and rainy Sundays often featured My Fair Lady on the television.

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But, despite the sun-soaked Mediterranean backdrop of the Galaxy advert, Ellie admitted ruefully that the location was 'Greenwich on a very cold January day', with more computer trickery giving it a magical makeover.

The advert was the latest in a burgeoning list of modelling assignments for Ellie, who is signed to Profile Models in London.

Aged 14, she appeared in adverts for Marks and Spencer, following in the footsteps of fellow Norfolk woman Myleene Klass.

She has also recently modelled for Look magazine, S magazine and Urban Outfitters.

Ellie said: 'Obviously I am a new face so I had to start doing a lot of test shoots. But it's definitely not everyday that you get the opportunity to model. I feel very lucky and I'm loving every single moment of it.'

It was mum Debbie Parry who encouraged Ellie to try for modelling work in the hope that success would boost her daughter's self-confidence after she went through a period of being bullied at a previous school.

After a happy switch to Aylsham High School, she successfully applied to join the Norwich- and London-based Sandra Reynolds model agency in 2008.

Her big break came when Norwich's Chapelfield shopping centre offered her work and her face began appearing on Chapelfield TV commercials, billboards, and on the side of buses.

She nearly turned down the call to a casting session for M&S because she thought it would cost too much to travel to London and stay overnight, but her mum urged her to give it a go and Ellie impressed the casting panel with her knowledge of ballet moves, gleaned from many years of lessons at Dance Exchange, Cromer, and with teacher Tina Allison.

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