Bang tidy! The day Celebrity Juice's Keith Lemon met 'Keith Lemon' - impersonator Stu Arnold
CELEBRITY Juice fans were left seeing double when Keith Lemon impersonator Stu Arnold came face to face with the TV star.
"Keith" met Keith at Selfridges in Manchester, where the real thing was signing copies of his autobiography Being Keith.
Stu, from Long Eaton, was bombarded with requests for pictures and videos by people in the queue and press photographers.
"I had to lay on the desk while about ten press photographers snapped away," said Stu. "People were saying 'you're so cool as Keith Lemon. We had a right laugh together. He said he's flattered that I do him and thinks I'm top of my game and bang tidy. I do it out of respect for him."
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The 44-year-old, whose day job is a technical designer, dons a strawberry blond wig and ginger moustache and wears a garish shirt and suit, a bandage on his hand and shark tooth pendant to look like the genuine item.
And although he's taller and a bit wider round the girth than the real Lemon, he has mastered his mannerisms.
Meanwhile vocally he's spot on as he reels off Keith's cheeky "bang tidy" catchphrases and raucous laugh.
Stu says: "I'm his bigger clone.
"I'm more of an impersonator than a lookalike but I can fool enough people for a second glimpse.
"In the street, some people say 'Eh up, Keith'.
"I am not so charismatic when I'm me but I put the tash on and become a cheeky bugger.
"Women like it because I'm a bit cheeky and I make blokes laugh."
Stu has performed his act, called Keith's Lemon, at birthday parties and fundraising events for cancer charities and hospital baby care units both in Notts and further afield.
Last Friday, he met former Spice Girl Mel C at a charity event in Widnes and recently appeared at Emilos, a Greek restaurant in Arnold. Now he's hoping to get bookings for Christmas parties.
It's not the first time Stu has come face to face with one of his subjects.
Last month he wowed Arnold Schwarzenegger at a book signing in London with his Terminator impression – which got him through to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent last year.
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