Celebrity culture attracts so much attention that people who happen to look like famous folk can sometimes forge their own fame and fortune by pretending to be the celebrity they resemble. The best celebrity lookalikes find themselves making appearances in music videos, televisions shows and movies, even working alongside the celebrities they impersonate.
Sometimes, a pair of well-established celebrities just happen to be doppelgangers, no doubt a confirmation of the fact that both of them have the specific look that audiences, producers and other consumers and creators of pop culture desire.
The most incredible celebrity lookalikes and impersonators hail from a variety of different backgrounds, including waitresses, actors, comedians and even people who were approached by a talent agent while eating dinner. While it may seem easy to be a professional lookalike, the job requires a significant investment of time to get the most out of being fortunate enough to resemble a popular celebrity. The best impersonators take voice lessons, acting lessons and practice the mannerisms and sayings that recreate the celebrity's image.
The following bunch of celebrity lookalikes and celebrities who look like each other attract attention wherever they go, causing people to stare and wonder why members of the royal family are buying milk at the local grocer.
15 Barack Obama - Reggie Brown
As a professional Barack Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown has attracted an incredible amount of attention due to his performances as the doppelganger of the president.
He's appeared in more than a dozen shows, a Republican leadership conference (!) and even a viral YouTube video that spoofed Psy's Gangnam Style.
14 Prince Harry - Matthew Hicks
The Fox Network attempted to get Prince Harry for their reality show I wanna Marry Harry, but he was busy being a royal so they found Matthew Hicks instead.
Hicks bears enough of a resemblance to Prince Harry that he's the main subject of this Bachelor-style show that pits women against each other to capture the heart of a royal.
13 Britney Spears - Michaela Weeks
Britney Spears' rise to the top of the pop charts made her one of the most popular celebrities in the world, spawning plenty of imitators, including both men and women who look eerily similar to the recording star.
Some of the more entertaining impersonators was Derrick Barry, who dressed in a schoolgirl outfit and danced in front of America's Got Talent judges including Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff.
12 Portia De Rossi - Drea de Matteo
Sometimes the genetics lottery strikes twice, creating Hollywood stars who happen to look like clones of each other. Drea de Matteo and Portia De Rossi won this DNA lottery, apparently playing the same genetic numbers on their way to success.
Drea has starred in a wide variety of hit television shows, playing Adriana, Christopher's girlfriend in The Sopranos, as well as recurring roles in Sons Of Anarchy as Wendy and in Desperate Housewives as Angie.
11 Kim Kardashian - Marianna Hewitt
Another pair of women who appear to have won the genetic lottery are Kim Kardashian and her now-famous look alike, Marianna Hewitt. Both women adore Instagram, and regular post photos which show that they're the spitting images of each other - not just in terms of styling and hair, but in their facial features.
10 President George W. Bush - Steve Bridges
Many actors and celebrity impersonators enjoyed mimicking President George W. Bush's persona because of the ex-President's occasional awkwardness during his time in the White House.
The best Bush impersonator of the bunch was Steve Bridges, who passed away suddenly in 2012. He also studied and performed as a lookalike of other American political figures, including President Bill Clinton and Governator Schwarzenegger.
9 Whoopi Goldberg - Bernadottae Larson
Bernadottae Larson is another alumni of the Reel Awards, invited because of her incredible impersonation of Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi, born Caryn Elaine Johnson, made her name as an actress twice nominated for an Oscar, winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Ghost and scoring a nod for Best Actress for her work in The Color Purple.
8 Cher - Sandra Wood
Sandra Wood is one of the most successful celebrity impersonators, having performed for a variety of large corporate clients like BMW, IBM, Coca-Cola, United Airlines and Johnson & Johnson.
She's also managed to score a lookalike gig with the real Bette Midler, appearing on stage during a New Year's Eve performance of the Divine Miss Millennium Tour at Mandalay Bay. She's also appeared as a Cher impersonator in Cher's 'Walking in Memphis' music video.
7 Robert Pattinson - Brandon Register Watford
The mega-successful Twilight franchise was a phenomenon that launched the celebrity and career of Robert Pattinson into the stratosphere. His performance as sullen vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen made him into one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood.
Brandon Register-Watford, who admits to being a fan of the books, just happens to have measurements and a face that bears an uncanny resemblance to Robert. This has resulted in a variety of impersonation gigs for Brandon, who works as an entertainer.
6 Bono - Pavel Sfera
Pavel Sfera is the foremost Bono impersonator and tribute artist in the world, matching the looks and even the sounds of Bono to a ridiculous degree. In addition to touring for the past decade as part of his own L.A.-base U2 tribute band, Pavel is regularly asked to fill in as Bono for U2 tribute bands around the world.
5 Johnny Depp - Ronnie Rodriguez
The best Johnny Depp impersonator in the world is Ronnie Rodriguez, who is a four-time award winner at The Reel Awards, including the Rising Star Award in 2008, Impersonator You Love to Work With in 2009, the News Hound award in 2010 and best actor in 2012.
4 Marilyn Monroe - Jami Deadly
Jami Deadly, or Jami Edwards, is a model, television host and burlesque dancer who happens to be a spot-on Marilyn Monroe lookalike. She grew up enamored with classic cinema and especially loved Marilyn Monroe in parts such as Some Like it Hot.
3 4-3. Victoria & David Beckham - Camilla Shadbolt & Andy Harmer
Before she launched her career as a Posh Spice impersonator, Camilla Shadbolt was dating Andy Harmer, who happens to resemble David Beckham. At first, Harmer received attention for his resemblance, but people started to notice that Camilla was beginning to strongly resemble Victoria Beckham.
After getting her hair cut and investing up to £70,000 in her lookalike persona, Camilla paired with Andy to win the 2004 "Doubles Look-Alike Award". Both Andy and Camilla are the only lookalikes to have ever worked with Victoria and David Beckham, including appearances in films, commercials, shows and other events.
2 Sean Connery - John Allen
John Allen has appeared at dozens of events around the world as the preeminent Sean Connery impersonator and has worked with Sean himself as a body double. John's also appeared on Oprah and the Jay Leno Show.
He was discovered while dining in Florida by an agent who approached him, saying "I can make you a lot of money as a Sean Connery lookalike celebrity impersonator" if John "beat up some guy" and tossed "into Donald Trump's swimming pool."
1 Kate Middleton - Heidi Agan
Heidi Agan was discovered in 2012 due to her ridiculously realistic rendering of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Since then, she has been on a whirlwind tour of the world as the top Kate lookalike, flying to locations across China, Australia and the United States.
She's appeared in numerous media events, including television work on the Katie Couric Show and Famous For My Face as well as appearances on BBC, ABC and ITV. This former burger waitress has worked her way up to charging a minimum of £600 per appearance.
Heidi notes that she resembles Kate so strongly that her younger daughter points to magazines featuring snapshots of the royal and says "there you are mummy!".
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