Cowell lookalike to wed his Sunday Girl
IT'S the celebrity scoop of the decade – music mogul Simon Cowell and singer Debbie Harry, of rock band Blondie, will wed later this year.
But it won't be a spectacular star-studded bash in LA, as the couple tying the knot will be their celebrity doubles, Bakersfield couple Andy Monk and Rose Cook.
They first met on the set of the TV drama Doctors and later became a couple after bumping into each other at a Motorhead concert in Nottingham.
But before the big day they will be sprinkling a bit of X Factor stardust to a 250-mile charity trek along the Great Wall of China.
The ten-day expedition, starting on April 4, is in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign, a cause close to both their hearts.
Although they'll be doing the walk as themselves, they are drawing on their celebrity doubles to publicise the event.
Already they have raised £1,000 towards their £4,000 target.
One of Andy's relatives is currently battling breast cancer and Rose's mum, Thelma Rogers, died of the disease aged 78 in 2009.
Rose said: "From diagnosis to when she died was just five weeks, so I am passionate about not only fundraising but creating awareness about breast cancer and women having regular health checks."
Andy, 53, and Rose, 43, are training for the arduous journey by walking from home to their workplace, Nightair Productions, in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
"I'm changing my usual high heels for walking boots," said Rose.
Andy has appeared on TV as Cowell's double and will be playing the Britain's Got Talent judge in a new film about the show's first winner, Paul Potts, also starring James Corden and Julie Walters.
Being Simon takes up around a third of Andy's workload and he says that as long as a celebrity remains popular, their lookalike could make a full-time career out of it, if correctly marketed.
He will be bag-packing in local supermarkets dressed as the millionaire to boost the appeal.
A charity sale is planned and Rose, who was a Debbie Harry tribute act for 20 years, will be giving fundraising talks about local history.
Andy, who will be marrying Rose in November, said: "Rose comes from a very close, loving family and she misses her mum terribly.
"I never had the pleasure of meeting Thelma but to do this for her will be an honour.
"I also have a relative fighting this terrible disease too, so we are doing this for people that we both love."
Rose, who has wanted to do the charity walk for a couple of years, added: "I know mum would be so proud and I know she would have loved Andy. It will be hard but I know it will be so worth it.
"Somehow, mum will be waiting for me at the end of it all. That's why for the last few metres I will don my high heels. Mum wouldn't expect anything else!"
Back the appeal at www.justgiving.com/Rose-Andy-Monk and follow their adventures on the Facebook page Rose & Andy's Trek of the Great Wall of China.
Read about Nottingham's celebrity doubles in this Saturday's Weekend.