Apart from getting your face on a banknote, the surest sign of major celebrity success is to be immortalised in wax.
And this weekend, Singer-turned-actress Kym Marsh met her match at Madame Tussaud’s in Blackpool.
The Coronation Street star could barely believe her eyes when the curtain dropped to reveal her new wax figure counterpart, Michelle Connor, not only looking back at her but talking too – quoting some of the Corrie character’s most famous one-liners.
Kym posed side-by-side on Saturday with her doppelganger, toasting to the occasion in none other than the Rover’s Return Inn beer garden – a new addition to the Blackpool attraction.
The Corrie beauty takes her place in the attraction in the company of fellow Corrie legends, Bet Lynch, Hilda Ogden, Jack and Vera Duckworth and Ken and Deirdre Barlow.
Kym said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was approached to have my own figure created! It’s been fascinating to be involved in the process and see first-hand how the figures are made.
She added: “It’s such an honour, especially as I’m being placed among Corrie royalty. I’d love to take her home!”
Visitors now have the exclusive chance to chat with Michelle, as her figure features new integrated speech technology.
Sound bites were recorded of Michelle’s most famous lines during the sitting, in order to make visitors’ experiences even more realistic.
Creating Kym’s wax figure was an in-depth and thorough process, with a dedicated team of sculptors taking hundreds of precise measurements and photographs to ensure as accurate a likeness as possible. The figures are created by expert teams of sculptors, moulders, colourists and hair stylists, taking 20 people up to four months to complete a figure costing £150,000.
General Manager, Matthew Titherington, said: “We are thrilled to unveil Kym’s figure here at the attraction.
“Due to her infamous storyline in the show there has been a huge demand from the public for a wax figure, so we’re sure they’ll love getting up close and personal now it’s in the attraction.”
Kym rose to prominence in 2000 after winning the TV talent show Popstars with the band Hear’Say before leaving the group in 2002.
She then started a brief solo career with her album Standing Tall, which spawned two top 10 singles.